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Life of a Tennis Ball

The lifecycle of a tennis ball starts with it’s creation at the manufacturer and used to end in the landfill. In some cases, they are used as toys for the dogs or some for other handmade home projects. Now they can be recycled, resulting in a 180 degree change in its lifecycle.

Play

  • Before arriving as a finished product, the raw material of the tennis ball undergoes 11 steps of modification. Rubber is the main component used along with zinc as the main metal element.
  • A tennis ball is made, placed in a pressurized canister and shipped from a factory. It is then sold by a retailer and used for play on a tennis court.
  • As the tennis ball looses pressure during play on the course of time, it is soon declared as not suitable by the player and ultimately discarded.

Recycle

  • Once a tennis ball is worn out and used as much as possible for the game, it is placed in a recycling bin.
  • The used tennis balls are then collected from the tennis bins and shipped to the recycling factory.
  • At the factory, the tennis balls are frozen, the fuzz is separated and the rubber is chopped into tiny pieces. These pieces are then shipped to Ecore.

Collect 200 or more tennis balls and mail them to reBounces to be recycled. For more information visit our How and where to recycle page. Life-of-a-Tennis-Ball

Reconstruct

  • Once the pieces of recycled tennis balls arrive at Ecore, they are mixed with chopped tires where they are then pressed and bonded together to create a 5 foot cylinder.
  • The cylinder is left to cure and is then peeled to thickness and cut to lengths, which creates the mat to be used under a cushion tennis court. The mat is then shipped to the job site.

Resurface

  • Once the mat arrives at the job site, it is unloaded and set in place. Then, the top coats on the court are painted on the mat.
  • Resurfacing is a very basic task you should do if you see any crack appears in the surface or something hampers your playing strokes due to any flaw in the surface.
  • All types of tennis surface ages and needs resurfacing due to several reasons, may it be a hard court or any other types.
  • This mat can also be used in new tennis court construction.

Replay

  • Once the tennis court installation is complete. The court can be played on for many years to come, completing the life cycle of a tennis ball.
  • This will help in reducing the waste from the environment considerably and will lead to a greener environment.
  • Replaying or reusability of the tennis balls is our main concern and there couldn’t be any other better option like this to utilize the excess of non-biodegradable wastes.

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We are currently working on setting up collection sites for used tennis balls across the U.S.
Do you want to help with recycling efforts in your tennis community? You can become a collection site for used tennis balls. Send us your locations address,contact person and website and we will put your information in our database of collection sites on our website. Please send the information to: info@ace-surfaces.com
Once you have over 200 balls collected, contact reBounces for a shipping label and send them off to start the recycling process.
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The Tennis Ball Project

Revolutionizing  the tennis courts you play on by creating, implementing and installing cushion shock pads using recycled tennis balls.


 

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