How to celebrate Earth Day during the quarantine
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
Wednesday, April 22 will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While COVID-19 and social-distancing mandates will limit any celebratory events or mass gatherings, there are plenty of things that tennis players can do from home to celebrate and protect the earth.
About 125 million tennis balls are sold in the United States each year. Eventually all are dead and unplayable.
Most curbside recycling programs will not accept tennis balls. However, canisters made by Penn, a top tennis ball manufacturer, are made of plastic #1, which many curbside programs will accept.
Project Green Ball is one of a limited number of companies that recycle tennis balls. The company grinds them up and turn them into flooring. Project Green Ball has collection bins at various locations. You can also mail tennis balls to the company.
ReBounces is another company dedicated to tennis ball recycling. ReBounces requires that you send a minimum of 200 balls at a time, however, they will send you a prepaid shipping label. ReBounces does not charge a recycling fee.
In addition, Delta Tennis has some practical ways for your to breathe new life into your used tennis balls: