THE QUICKSHIP PROGRAM

For Tennis Facilities

Players are now part of the solution.

What is the QUICKSHIP program?

The RecycleBalls QUICKSHIP Program gives tennis facilities everything needed to provide a comprehensive turn-key tennis ball recycling solution.

 

What is included in the Program?

  • Once an application has been approved, a setup package will be sent to you consisting of 10 Bins, posters, and instructions. These bins come with pre-attached, prepaid UPS shipping labels.
  • You will receive a tax deduction for every ball shipped to us. Many of our partner facilities claim .30 – .40 per ball.
  • You will receive awards at 3000, 500, and 10,000 balls shipped.
  • All bins are tracked and you will receive replacement bins automatically.
  • Dedicated ongoing customer service.
  • The Recycleballs newsletter.

 

What are the benefits of this program?

  • For your players: court-side convenience.
  • For your organization: a green “feel good” that players will love.
  • For the environment: A sustainable solution that reduces landfill waste.
  • For your bottom line: a significant potential tax benefit.

 

What are the 3 ways we can get started? 

  1. You can self-sponsor and then, if desired, acquire a local sponsor to offset this cost.  $600 per year. This covers the cost for the program, your initial 10 pack and all replacement packs for a year. Ships immediately.
    1. Use our easy Sponsor in 3 steps!  tools to obtain a local sponsor.
  2. Purchase a Quickship on demand 10 pack with prepaid labels. ($200 per 10 pack) This accommodates 2000 balls. Ships immediately.
  3. Complete this application without sponsoring. The current wait time for a no-cost program is approximately 4-6 months. This option is under review and may change or be eliminated. 

 

What is the tax deduction benefit?

  • While we cannot legally recommend a value for donated balls. some are claiming .40 per tennis ball donated. If 10,000 balls are donated per year (typical) that is a $4,000 annual benefit. 
 

QUICKSHIP FAQS

Questions and answers about Quickship

Our non-profit depends on 200+ balls (one or more bins) being returned to us within 30-60 days of the setup or the last bin shipment. This also lets us know that you are engaged and have fully deployed the program.

Please try to ship each bin as soon as it is full. Holding on to full bins or shipping them all at once may cause a delay in replenishment.

About 10 minutes a week for a typical facility. We have made this very easy. Please go to our Tips and Instructions page for our 8 success tips.

We will be providing you continuous dedicated support for this program. Besides posters to make this program visible to your players, we also provide awards when you send us 3000, 5000, and 10,000 balls! These awards serve to let your tennis players know that they are making a difference in their community and encourages everyone to recycle their tennis balls. Questions, ideas? We love hearing from our partners!

Full bins are brought to the front desk or anywhere UPS ships, where they will be automatically picked up by UPS without further notice. An automated system continuously ensures optimum inventory levels. Court-side bins typically fill up in 3-6 weeks.

TAX BENEFIT FAQS

Questions and answers about the Tax Benefit

The IRS requires the donor (you or the person you designate) to assign values to non-cash charitable donations.

While we cannot legally recommend a value for donated balls. some are claiming .40 per tennis ball donated. If 10,000 balls are donated per year (typical) that is a $4,000 annual benefit. 

This benefit can now be allocated to any designated donor, person, organization or sponsor even if they are not part of your organization.

GENERAL FAQS

Questions and answers about our Non-Proffit
  • RecycleBalls is a national player driven initiative to reuse and recycle all tennis balls. 
  • We are the first organization in U.S. tennis history with a large scale collection solution for all played tennis balls in this country.
  • Our patented QUICKSHIP bin/program is the simplest way for individuals and facilities around the nation to recycle tennis balls. Not only does the program provide pre-paid shipping but in addition provides a tax donation for every ball donated.
  • We created RecycleBalls Green Gold in 2017.  This unique crumb rubber product, made from tennis balls, can be easily incorporated into many existing processes.
  • This rubber product was the result of developing a process that removes 99% of the felt from tennis balls in a cost-effective manner.
  • The first products made with RecycleBall’s Green Gold were created in 2018 with new strategic partners.
  • We created RecycleBalls Green Gold in 2017.  This unique crumb rubber product, made from tennis balls, can be easily incorporated into many existing processes.
  • This rubber product was the result of developing a process that removes 99% of the felt from tennis balls in a cost-effective manner.
  • The first products made with RecycleBall’s Green Gold were created in 2018 with new strategic partners.
  • In February 2019, Recycleballs was one of four nonprofits nominated as an environmental finalist in the prestigious 2019 Halo awards.

Tennis players recognize a significant environmental problem and agree that U.S. tennis players need to change their habits and recycle their tennis balls. Typically, tennis players open a new can of tennis balls every time they play because of the quick decline in pressure and the lack of consistency in previously played balls. Nationwide, approximately 125 million used tennis balls wind up in America’s landfills every year. That is 20,000 metric tons of methane-producing rubber waste that takes 400 years to decompose!

Simply put – there is no money in it.

Profitability from recycled tennis ball rubber is almost non-existent given that it must compete with low-cost ubiquitous tire rubber. There has been no formalized tennis ball collection program/solution prior to RecyleBalls that was sustainable and nationally scalable. There is also the prohibitive factor of costly necessary infrastructure and costs of de-felting and the management needed to facilitate these efforts. For these reasons, tennis ball recycling has not been able to successfully materialize, despite the depth of the problem and the considerable passion to see this happen.

This non-profit was initiated by the passion and generosity of a few who volunteered their time, talent, and treasure. We started small and grew quickly by offering compelling easy to use programs. Our funding is derived from a number of sources:

  • Donations to offset existing program costs.
  • Fundraising through our existing partner network.
  • Outreach to Corporate sponsors.
  • Sales of our Green Gold for use in tennis courts and other products.
  • Selling balls as recyclable “NO TRASH” dog balls.
  • Leveraging of volunteer resources.

In 2019 we signed a three-year partnership with Wilson Sporting Goods – our key sponsor and partner who has generously provided us with some funding and institutional guidance. 

Until we can fully monetize our recycled products we still need support from the tennis community and corporate sponsors.  We  have grown more sustainable every year since we started in 2017. With more awareness and  continuing outreach, we are encouraged this will become a highly successful  model for other countries.

Currently, our recycling line, the PLAY IT GREEN machine, represents a net expense. Given increasing green interest and our commitment to finding new partners and potential products, this is changing. The investment we have made in this new, first-of-its-kind, custom-built recycling line, holds the promise that with increased production and further product R&D, the GREEN GOLD produced may fund much of this initiative.

Given such a positive response and substantial network growth in the USA and now Canada, we have continued to receive a stream of requests to bring our patented bin system, programs, processes, and intellectual property to other countries. In 2020, we changed our mission to “Recycle and reuse ALL tennis balls” with a goal to spread this mission globally in a considered, cost-effective fashion.