Project Green Ball® is a tax exempt, non-profit, sustainability initiative to coordinate innovative recycling programs for used tennis balls and to donate surfaces based on the recycled balls to organizations servicing people with disabilities or life threatening diseases.
Three hundred million tennis balls are manufactured worldwide each year (with over 125 million used in the US) and tons of balls are discarded into landfills each year. The balls decompose very slowly and take up space in landfills, reportedly producing methane gas and contributing to global warming. Everyone is aware of reuse applications for tennis balls – bottoms of chairs and walkers and as toys for dogs. But there is a limit to how many balls each year can be put to this purpose. And, even if reused, ultimately these balls still remain in the waste stream and wind up in landfills. There is no industry solution to recycling tennis balls.
Project Green Ball Overview
Project Green Ball is devoted to finding innovative means to recycle used tennis balls and we need your support and balls to make this a success.
We have a number of innovative recycling projects ongoing and ideas for recycling.
We have teamed with IGK Equestrian, a leading equestrian turf provide, to produce equestrian arena turf based on ground tennis balls. So far there are two ball-based turfs in use. The Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, purchased and installed a ball-based turf to replace its old equestrian arena turf. A second turf containing over 45,000 tennis balls was installed at EquiCenter, Inc., a therapeutic riding program in Honeoye Falls, NY.
Wilson Sporting Goods has gotten behind Project Green Ball and supported the shipment of over 48,000 balls. USTA New England, local clubs, camps, schools and individuals have also supported us with over 165,000 balls. We are collecting additional balls from high school and college tennis teams and tennis clubs to make this a community sustainability solution.
We also are working with a developer in Kansas on an innovative construction use for tennis balls and a playground provider to explore ground tennis ball based play surfaces. And we are inspired by the French Tennis Federation’s Operation Balle Jaune which this year will collect over 1,600,000 balls and has created over 13 rubberized sports surfaces made from tennis ball rubber for kids in need.
In exchange for delivery of 200,000 balls to our equestrian turf provider, IGK Equestrian has agreed to donate a ball-based equestrian surface to a therapeutic riding center servicing people with disabilities or suffering from life threatening diseases.
As of August 29, 2014, we collected over 200,000 balls! Stay tuned for information about donation of a turf!
That said, we are still collecting balls. So if have balls to donate, you can send them to:
North Brook Farms
89 York St.
Auburn, NY 13021
Attn: Peter Kyle
If you send your balls, please let us know so that we can include them in our tally.
How You Fit In
As Project Green Ball is a community sustainability initiative, we need your help. Specifically, we need your used tennis balls and your ideas as to how to recycle balls.
In addition, we are looking for sponsorships and financial support for Project Green Ball. We are interested in establishing relationships with logistics providers and box manufacturers (so the program can be rolled out to tennis clubs), as well as academies, teams, tennis clubs and others interested in promoting this sustainability initiative.
If you want to help, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss opportunities. We look forward to working with you to make the world a cleaner and better place to live! And to turning our collection efforts into tangible results for people with disabilities and life threatening diseases.
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