Going Balls Out for Recycling Tennis Balls

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Ways to Recycle Tennis Balls

Recycle Tennis Balls
Creative Commons License photo credit: Horia Varlan

Making sure your tennis balls stay nice and bouncy is not as much of a concern on Wii tennis, but it is quite important in the real world. reBounces has come up with a great way to put that spring back in your balls. We are at the peak of maturity here at RecycleScene, so will refrain from any further ball jokes or insinuations.

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Whipping used balls back into shape ends up saving tons upon tons of waste from going to landfills. Their goal is to make tennis balls 100% recyclable. According to their website,  hundreds of millions of tennis balls are manufactured worldwide every year – approximately 20,000 tons of landfill waste!

Located out of Arkansas, reBounces uses pretty neat technology developed by CEO Bill Dirst to re-pressurize each tennis ball.

4 Easy Ways to Get Your Bounce Back

1. Contact reBounces to make certain they are still accepting tennis balls for recycling and they will send you a shipping label. Just a note- reBounces does not accept the well loved and slobbered upon tennis balls that were used as your pet’s chew toy. Also, they accept a minimum amount of 200 balls, so the idea is to get together with your tennis league, club, park district or school district. Once again, community building around recycling!

2. Pay postage yourself and send any amount of tennis balls to reBounces.

3. Pay for reBounces to re-pressurize YOUR tennis balls & mail them back to you.

4. If you’re a large tennis club or school, you may want to look into getting one of their green machines so you can re-pressurize your bounce-less tennis balls yourself.

Here’s another way tennis balls are recycled at sports-eco.net, out of Japan.

Another easy way to recycle a tennis ball is with this cute tennis ball helper, which easily mounts to your wall to help hold keys, towels, mail- you name it. Very cute!

And just for fun, take a look at designer Hugh Hayden’s tennis ball chair and dog bed.

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