The Importance of Recycling Tennis Balls


Why Tennis Balls Need Recycling

Over 325 million balls are produced worldwide each year. That amount, if stacked on top of each other would reach ¾ of the way to the moon, or touching side by side would cross the United States 5 times (equal to 15,000 miles).

The question that has always nagged tennis enthusiasts and environmentalists alike is what do we do with all those unwanted tennis balls? Tennis balls are only used for a few minutes in professional matches before being replaced with new ones. They last a bit longer for recreational players and tennis instructors, and though some are re-purposed for dog toys, chair and walker legs and the like, virtually all eventually find their way into the waste stream.

Finally there is a solution to do away with tennis balls in our landfills.  They can be recycled, ground up and re-purposed into the shock pad of a cushion tennis court.


Benefits of Recycling

Saves Energy

  • Recycling saves energy. It takes less energy to make items from recycled materials than to create new items from raw materials regardless of any product you’re manufacturing.
  • Energy required to create recycled product is approximately half the amount of producing a new one from the virgin materials.

Prevents Pollution

  • Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions and reduces run off from landfills. It is 194 times more effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • It prevents air pollution that is created from the burning of fossil fuels used to produce new products.
  • Also water gets polluted through the ash and other toxic chemicals that are extricated while treating the raw materials.

Save Money

  • Yes, you read it right! Recycling saves money, if not instantly, in the long term.
  • By reusing products you buy less which results in saving money.
  • In addition to recycling saving individuals money, the recycling industry creates more jobs and businesses while increasing the country’s economic condition.

Conserves Resources

  • Recycling conserves resources such as water, timber and minerals.  Recycling and reusing cuts back on the need to use the earth’s natural resources to create products.
  • If we keep seeking new resources every time a new product is manufactured, future generations are going to have limited resources left.
  • Recycling also reduces the requirement of logging & mining which further prevents the extinction of wildlife’s natural habitats.

Protects the environment

  • Landfills release hazardous chemicals and greenhouse gasses in excessive amounts. Recycling reduces that amount and protects the environment.
  • Global warming is now a concern which is in part caused by the countless tons of non-biodegradable waste materials that is discarded yearly ends due to deforestation. Recycling helps reduce this problem.
  • Recycling helps to sustain the environment for the coming generations.

Reduces Landfills

  • If we reduce waste in our daily lives by recycling, it can significantly reduce waste in landfills.
  • Reduction of waste in the landfill means getting the maximum use out of a new product. Emphasize on reusing as much as possible and if an item can be recycled before throwing it for landfill.
  • Before purchasing a new product, consider the planet. Do you really need this item, or is just something you want? Can you buy this item used?

If you are interested in participating in the recycling of tennis balls, please contact our partners to find out what you can do, or how you can install a tennis ball court in your facility.

Kindly send us your queries through our email-id. We’ll revert back to you at the earliest. Email us at: [email protected] Or Call: 407-865-6279

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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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