What is the QUICKSHIP program? The RecycleBalls QUICKSHIP Program provides tennis facilities everything needed to provide a comprehensive turn-key tennis ball recycling solution.
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: less toxic landfill.
– For your bottom line: a significant potential tax benefit.
How do we qualify? – You must have a minimum of 4 courts. – You agree to our basic application questions (see form at right). – As needed, agree to announce this program using the tools supplied.
What is included in the program? – A Setup package of 10 Bins, a poster kit, and instructions.
– Bins come with pre-attached, prepaid UPS shipping labels.
– Automatic bin replacement when down to 5 bins to always keep you at 10.
– Extra bins on demand to handle larger quantities of tennis balls.
– Free shipping for everything included. (both ways)
– Green Ball Awards at 3,000, 5000 and 10,000 balls donated.
– A newsletter.
– A dedicated RecycleBalls success manager.
Is there an upfront cost for a facility? – No. As of January 2020, we provide a trial to qualified facilities that will fully install our program including your first 10 pre-paid bins on a no-cost basis. – We do require an annual $600 sponsorship in order to keep the program going and receive continued prepaid replacement bins on an automated basis, support and all of the benefits of the Quickship program. This sponsorship covers our direct costs to service you. We provide an easy way for you to secure a sponsor from your tennis community (see below). – You may also choose to self sponsor now (link here) and make an appeal for a local sponsor at a later date. Having one local sponsor now or later will make this entire program cost-free to your organization.
How do we sign up? How long will it take? We can typically have you up and running in a matter of days. Step 1) Complete the form on the right. Step 2)We will call you for a 10 minute “discovery” call to ensure a good fit and answer any questions. We will usually call you back immediately. If you have completed the form, you can also call Jonathan at 855-988-2255 9-3:30 EST and we will typically answer you in person. Step 3) Once approved, we will usually ship your program on the same day.
Is this making a difference? Because of people like you, RecycleBalls is making a significant positive difference for US tennis. To date, our growing partner network has kept nearly 2.7 million tennis balls out of landfills. Our shared mission to recycle and reuse all tennis balls nationwide has never seemed more important or more possible!
How is this non-profit mission financed? Unfortunately the sale of our Green Gold Crumb rubber (recycled tennis balls), ball sales, corporate sponsorships and donations do not cover our significant non-profit costs to promote this mission nationwide. Despite many who continue to volunteer their time to keep our costs reasonable, we are currently dependent on local facility sponsors to grow this initiative and ensure our sustainability. Despite this, we are working hard to increase the income from Green Gold. Currently we are not subsidized by any grants, association or government funding.
How are the balls shipped and tracked?
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.
Is an annoucement display and email required? You may choose to self sponsor now (link here) and make an appeal for a local sponsor at a later date. We are happy to provide tools for this anytome. Having a local sponsor now or later will make this entire program cost-free. We will reimburse you if needed, should a local sponsor sign up later.
How easy is it to secure a local sponsor?
In order to secure a local sponsor quickly, we will provide you with an announcement display and an annoucement email template (see language below on card) for your tennis players that will introduce them to this initiative and serve as a soft appeal for one local sponsor. We provide significant benefits for a local sponsor including the prominent display of a Thank You plaque and other benefits. More information here.
We will provide stand up cards that can be placed on two temporarly stacked bins in your lobby to bring attention to this program. These cards can also be placed on your front counter as well as on single bins. The copy on these cards is below.
What are the announcement items? How easy is this? We have made this very easy. We ask you to do two things:
Set up the announcement display: Place 2 bins, with the supplied stand up card (poster example above) in your front lobby for a week or until a sponsor has signed up. Place a card on your front counter as well as omn single bins.
Send out the announcement Email: Please send the email template (langiuage similar to the example above) provided to your tennis members. This serves as an announcement and as a soft appeal for a sponsor.
Who assigns a value to the tennis balls as a tax deduction? The IRS requires the donor (you or the person you designate) to assign values to non-cash charitable donations.
What are used tennis balls worth as a tax deduction? While we cannot legally recommend a value for donated balls. some are claiming .40 per tennis balli donated. If 10,000 balls are donated per year that is a $4,000 benefit.
Who can claim this benefit?
This benefit can now be allocated to any designated donor, person, organization or sponsor even if they are not part of your organization.
Program Tips and Instructions - Included with setup package.
Assemble every bin right away to save time. Start by assembling the BOTTOM first and then the TOP. Ensure the two top tabs are locked. Each bin takes about a minute to assemble.
Promote this GREEN program with included posters. Place the included posters safely on any surface!
Place bins directly on every indoor tennis court. Courtside bins fill up with 200 balls in 2-4 wks on active courts. Tennis players prefer courtside bins, which fill up 5-10 times faster. For outdoor courts, place bins in a sheltered area near the courts or consider one of our outdoor enclosures or bins.
Always replace full bins with FRESH ones immediately. Fresh bins and immediate shipments are critical to a successful program. All bins are tracked, and fresh bins will be automatically shipped to you in lots of 10 to maintain your inventory. Need more bins? Contact us.
Bring full bins to your front desk, or anywhere UPS delivers. Ship bins AS SOON as they are full to ensure timely bin replacement. Please do not accumulate full bins. Every bin comes with a PRE-PAID UPS label and will be picked up by UPS when they visit, with no future notice required and at no cost to you! Feel free to tape the top of the bin when shipping, but it’s not necessary. Have a bin with an area that is damaged? Use clear tape to fix.
Ready to recycle teaching cart or other tennis balls? Do you have hundreds or thousands of additional tennis balls to recycle? Contact us or use as many bins as needed and ship. These will be immediately replaced to maintain your inventory.
Open Emails. We would kindly ask that you open emails sent to you. Opening our emails lets us know that you are engaged and ensures the continuing success of this program for you and your players.
Timely Shipment. Given our investment in your organization, we would very much appreciate timely shipments of bins. These should be sent individually and as soon as they are full. Most of our partners are shipping bins monthly. Our ability to work with sponsors and obtain grants is linked to the number of balls we are able to collect/recycle.
Tracked Bins. All bins are tracked to you and we will ship you new ones automatically when you send full bins to us. We record all received bins and will provide you with a tax deduction receipt at the end of every year.
Like our nonprofit mission? Please help spread the word by asking other tennis organizations and facilities to go to our website (recycleballs.org) and join us!
The single largest success factor of this program is a dedicated CHAMPION who is managing this – about 10 mins a week.
Have questions? Want assistance? We are ready to help you in any way we can to make this a smashing success. Call us anytime at (855) 988-BALL or email firstname.lastname@example.org