BUILD A SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING PROGRAM 1.2.3.
1. PROVIDE A RECYCLING CONTAINER
- Put a bin near the tennis courts - right next to where a player exits. Make it convenient and compelling.
- Mark it well. Let the players know there is a recycling program happening. Assure them the balls they throw in there will NOT END UP IN A LANDFILL
2. COMPEL PLAYERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY TO RECYCLE
- Use information from our website to get the word out about the need to recycle - let them know that those tennis balls they toss in the trash will exist in a landfill for over 400 years! It is proven that US citizens care about recycling and want to continue to recycle.
- Currently collecting tennis balls from local public and school courts is practiacally non-existant and this is where the majority of tennis is played - the youth of America has grown up with recycling - they trust it and encourage it. Let them know!
3. EMPTY CONTAINERS, BOX UP BALLS, & SHIP AS NEEDED
- Secure someone or an organization to empty the bin and collect the balls. How often collection is needed depends on the size of the bin and the number of courts and frequency of use. It has been reported to us (by AD-IN Bin users) that the emptying period is typically every 3-4 weeks.
- Once 200+ balls are collected, they can be boxed up (reused/recycled box is preferred!) and sent to one of two places: Project Green Ball or reBounces (offers free shipping); each is prepared to accept the balls and forward them on to a recycling facility. Visit their web sites to learn about their recycling commitments.
RETOUR will help you with and through the entire process - answer your questions, offer you suggestions and help as needed. We are working to bring members of the tennis industry, the tennis community, the recycling business, and each and every tennis players together to make this work. Enthusiasm and participation is growing & we need your help to keep the momentum moving.