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 U.S. tennis players recognize this as a significant environmental problem that no longer represents their sport in 2019.
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, reuse and publicize a national initiative – one that will inspire the US tennis community to change habits and stop trashing tennis balls.
Our network partners are adopting our scalable collection solutions and spreading the word.
Convenient bins make it easy. Tennis players universally love this.
Prepaid UPS shipping labels make it easy for bins to be shipped to our facility in Vermont.
Some of the Tennis balls are ground up and the felt is separated from the rubber. We call the rubber crumb generated; GREEN GOLD. Other balls are sold and reused as dog balls.
GREEN GOLD is used in the construction of tennis courts, horse footing and hopefully soon, with more R&D, a variety of green products.
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 up and running installed in our 9,000 SF South Burlington Vermont facility.
Our unique new PLAY IT GREEN machine produces GREEN GOLD that is used in a number of products.
Tennis ball courts are the new product in the market which effectively uses recycled, used up tennis balls.
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:
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.
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.
We are currently working with manufacturing partners and are developing a sports shoe with a sole made entirely from “Green Gold”. We have also been successful in blending tennis ball felt with cotton and polyester. Both of these efforts will require further development and hold the promise as viable sources of income from tennis ball recycling efforts.