TRASHING TENNIS BALLS IS OUT

We trash more tennis balls than anyone on the planet.

The Problem

Tennis balls take 400 years to decompose.

Nationwide, approximately 125 million used tennis balls wind up in America’s landfills every year. That is 20,000 metric tons of methane-producing, near non-decomposable rubber waste. U.S. tennis players recognize this as a significant environmental problem that no longer represents their sport in 2018.
U.S. tennis players want to be part of the solution and will recycle all of their balls if convenient courtside bins are available. Organizations also want to be part of a cost-effective green solution. In short, there needs to be an economical, universally adopted initiative to collect, recycle, and publicize a national initiative – one that will inspire the US tennis community to change habits by keeping all tennis balls out of U.S. landfills and seeing these recycled into green products.

Our Solution

A comprehensive initiative that is spreading quickly.
STEP 1
A growing network

Our network partners are adopting our scalable collection solutions and spreading the word.

STEP 2
Bins are placed courtside

Convenient bins make it easy. Tennis players universally love this.

STEP 3
BINS ARE SHIPPED

Prepaid UPS shipping labels make it easy for bins to be shipped to our facility in Vermont.

STEP 4
Balls become GREENGOLD

Tennis balls are ground up and the felt is separated from the rubber. We call the rubber crumb generated; GREEN GOLD.

STEP 5
Green Products

GREEN GOLD is used in the construction of tennis courts and a wide variety of green products.

Recycleballs GREEN GOLD

An all natural crumb rubber

RecycleBalls GREEN GOLD is a processed natural crumb rubber obtained through the grinding and separation of recycled tennis balls, which we collect through our national QUICKSHIP and QUICKLABEL programs.
We have invested nearly two years in full R&D to develop a process that will remove 99% of the felt in a cost-effective manner. This extensive research had us in consultation with dozens of manufacturers and processors nationwide. This solution is currently being installed in our 9,000 SF South Burlington Vermont facility.
Our new line will be fully installed in October
Our new line has been tested and will be fully operational in November  2018. This line will produce approximately 1000 LBS of “Green Gold” recycled tennis balls per hour, be  a “best practice ” model and a precursor to other installations under consideration in California and the Midwest in 2019/2020. 

The Results

A variety of green products

Laykold Tennis Courts

Tennis ball courts are the new product in the market which effectively uses recycled, used up tennis balls.

  • These types of courts are of excellent playability along with a high durability factor.
  • The shock-absorption quality of these tennis ball courts is better than the rest.
  • Up to 10,000 recycled tennis balls are used at a time in building each cushion tennis court.

One Coat Stucco Replacement

We are working to promote a revolutionary stucco replacement that will use our GREEN GOLD from recycled tennis balls. This product has several unique advantages:

  • Approximately 1/2 the price of stucco.
  • Time-tested, long-term reputation.
  • Extremely durable – will not crack.
  • Comes in any color, premixed.
  • A green energy efficient product. R value = 2

Natural Pebble Rubber Mulch

This product is ideal as a natural rubber mulch or ground cover and is metal and dye free.  It provides a unique and natural looking ground cover that can be used in a number of applications.

  • Plant and Garden mulch/cover
  • Equestrian footing and Playgrounds
  • The product comes in various sizes from 1/8″ to 1/2″
  • Lab tested/approved – SDS 

Sign Bases

These durable portable sign bases made with recycled tennis balls provide an ideal solution for schools, clubs, and municipalities looking for a cost-effective sign solution. each base weighs 70 lbs and can hold any type of sign. 

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