Did you know that an estimated 10 million tennis balls are purchased in Australia each year? Unfortunately, at the end of their useful lives, all of them end up either in landfills or in our waterways, eventually working their way into the ocean.
To address this environmental concern, we have partnered with Game On Recycling to collect and recycle tennis balls. From now on, you can dispose your unwanted and unloved tennis balls in the collection unit at our location.
All collected items will be sent to a processing facility in West Melbourne to be sorted into:
– Tennis balls that can be reused and put back into circulation, thereby extending the life of the product; or
– Tennis balls that have well and truly come to the end of their life and need to be recycled
Re-use items will be made available to various community clubs, groups, institutions and organisations, alleviating the costs of purchasing new equipment. Items destined for recycling will be granulated into 5mm pieces and used in a variety of manufacturing processes including the production of soft fall matting. All recycling and downstream processing will be undertaken in Australia. Game On Recycling will also be conducting research to explore new uses for these materials (like a rubberised sporting surface).
Game On Recycling is a program born through a partnership between ANZRP (Australia New Zealand Recycling Platform) and Wilson Sporting Goods Co that is supported by a federal grant from the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund.
You can learn more about our project here.
We hope you’ll join us in our endeavours to reduce the amount of waste generated from old tennis balls, and help us evolve tennis into an ecologically and environmentally aware sport.