What’s Happening Today With Used Tennis Balls?
Some communities and individuals already collect balls.
Currently, in the US, those who collect balls distribute them to local schools, youth programs, assisted living facilities and animal shelters. While repurposing and reusing balls is a great trend and full of good intentions, every ball eventually loses its original or reborn purpose and needs to be recycled. We need to wake up to the environmental issues surrounding tennis ball waste & help facilitate ball recycling.
As much as we don’t like to admit it - some ball collections are simply tossed in the trash because court workers have no idea that the balls cannot be recycled in standard recycling factories. And rarely, if ever, is there a recycling advocate close by to educate them about recycling options.
In France, the French Tennis Federation, individual tennis players & facilities, tennis ball & tournament businesses, and play surface manufacturers have pooled their resources to make use of the almost 1.6 million tennis balls collected each year - that’s an estimated 10% of all balls used in France. That’s enviable!
There are recycling options in the US for tennis balls - FINALLY!
RecycleBalls is a non-profit network pioneering a mission to recycle all tennis balls in the U.S.A. Their innovative, youth-driven 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization has a mission to recycle every tennis ball in the United States! They began in Vermont in 2014 and the tremendous success of the pilot program has allowed them to expand nationwide and help individuals and facilities leverage the lessons they learned in adopting these proven processes. We, at Retour Tennis, are partnering with RecycleBalls to help get the message out and to bring to our AD-IN Bin customers a free and easy way to send collected balls off to be recycled.
Please take a moment and visit their website - the work they are doing is wonderful: RecycleBalls