Greater Midland, a wellness and recreation based organization in Michigan is introducing a tennis ball recycling program in partnership with RecycleBalls. Visitors are now able to drop off used and dead balls in a designated bin for recycling. “126 million tennis balls in the U.S. go to the landfill every year,” said Greg Bunker, Greater Midland Tennis Center Operating Board Vice Chair. “This recycling challenge is a new way to reduce our footprint and make a significant impact on our community and the environment.”

Greater Midland explained that the felt and rubber from tennis balls will be reused and re-purposed for applications such as building materials. Used tennis balls will also be donated to local schools, dog parks, and other organizations throughout the area. “I am really glad to see we are trying to go to zero waste at Greater Midland,” said Robin Hamann Board President at Midland Recyclers. “We really want to inspire the community to make a positive impact on the environment by providing the means and know how to reuse and recycle.”

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