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About | Blazing Design |

About | Blazing Design | | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
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Blazing Design proudly supports The Vermont Children's Trust Foundation. 

Mike Van Buren, PE, founder and President, has been creating unique hearth products for nearly two decades.  In 2000 he started Blazing Design, Inc. to bring custom fireplaces and fire features to homes and businesses.  


Blazing Design has grown since the early days.  To better serve clients, Mike and his partner (and spouse) Sueann have opened a new showroom at 446 Shunpike Road in Williston, Vermont, offering complete sales, maintenance and repair services for all your hearth product needs. 
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OUR NETWORK IS GROWING NATIONWIDE!

OUR NETWORK IS GROWING NATIONWIDE! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

The amazing network that is RecycleBalls continues to grow quickly and is now over 600 partners strong. Together we have now saved nearly 1 million tennis balls from US landfills. Thanks to so many for making this a reality! Our shared mission of recycling ALL tennis balls in this country has never seemed more needed or realistic.

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NEW WEBSITE - NEW OPTIONS

NEW WEBSITE - NEW OPTIONS | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We have completely revamped our website and are now offering two options for the QUICKSHIP program. Please consider becoming a SUPPORTING MEMBER and help us become sustainable. Have a look at www.recycleballs.org

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NEW OUTDOOR BINS!

NEW OUTDOOR BINS! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Retour Tennis. Retour is a family owned company that has developed a very successful outdoor recycling bin for tennis balls that is widely used nationwide. This bin has now been rebranded and we could not be happier to have them join our mission as exclusive partners. The bin is now available for pre-order at www.recycleballs.org

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 10,000 GREEN BALL AWARD WINNERS!  

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 10,000 GREEN BALL AWARD WINNERS!   | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Several facility partners recently surpassed the 10,000 ball return milestone and were recognized with an award certificate.  These outstanding facilities include Five Star Tennis Center, Princeton Tennis, The West Side Tennis Club, LifeTime Activities, Army Navy Country Club, and Olympic Indoor Tennis.  Thank you for your dedication!

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER: GEOFF GRIFFIN AND BALBOA TENNIS CLUB

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER: GEOFF GRIFFIN AND BALBOA TENNIS CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Balboa Tennis Club and its member-driven tennis community in San Diego has 50 courts, which churn out a lot of used tennis balls.  They've been recycling tennis balls for several years now, but just recently signed up for Recycleballs QuickShip program.  In just over a month, they've sent us 3,000 tennis balls!

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SOME OUTDOOR PARTNERS USE RETOUR BINS TO COLLECT, RECYCLEBALLS BINS TO SHIP

SOME OUTDOOR PARTNERS USE RETOUR BINS TO COLLECT, RECYCLEBALLS BINS TO SHIP | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Ernie Rains at River Region Team Tennis in Montgomery, Alabama, just emptied his plastic Retour bin into a Recycleballs cardboard bin and is ready to ship.  As Recycleballs finalizes its outdoor bin enclosure, several outdoor partners facilities are finding Retour's bin to be a good solution for collecting their used tennis balls.  Retour sells plastic bins directly from their website:  www.retourtennis.com

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - DON HOGAN & CROOKED CREEK TENNIS CLUB

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNER - DON HOGAN & CROOKED CREEK TENNIS CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Tennis players at Crooked Creek Tennis Club in Milton Georgia contemplate the best place to set up their new QuickShip bin!

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CHAMPION PROFILE: CAMILLE CLARK AND SPORTSMEN'S TENNIS AND ENRICHMENT CLUB

CHAMPION PROFILE: CAMILLE CLARK AND SPORTSMEN'S TENNIS AND ENRICHMENT CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Since joining the Recycleballs network of Quickship facilities last November, this facility and its members have already sent back 5,000 used balls! Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment club is a non-profit organization that combines tennis with academic and life skills programming for youth players in the Boston area.

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SHIPPING OUT!

SHIPPING OUT! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

This is what an onboarding shipment looks like.  Every few weeks, dozens of on-boarding 10-packs are sent to tennis facilities across the country. These packages represent just some of the summer's QuickShip on-boarding partners!

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10,000 BALLS RETURNED BY ARMY NAVY COUNTRY CLUB

10,000 BALLS RETURNED BY ARMY NAVY COUNTRY CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Congratulations Joe Wang and Army Navy Country Club! The Arlington, VA club hit this impressive milestone in just over a year of signing up with QuickShip.

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KNOX COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS GROUP PROUD TO BE RECYCLING TENNIS BALLS!

KNOX COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS GROUP PROUD TO BE RECYCLING TENNIS BALLS! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Professor Sue Hulet's Tuesday night women's tennis group proudly supports Knox College Tennis' new partnership with Recycleballs! 

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How do you keep 20,000 pounds of tennis balls out of the landfill?

How do you keep 20,000 pounds of tennis balls out of the landfill? | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
We don’t usually think of polluting or creating waste in order to play tennis. We’re not burning gas. We’re not having to chop down trees or making global warming worse…. Or are we? Like just about everything we consume or produce we find ourselves using natural resources in order to manufacture tennis balls, racquets, shoes, and accessories. While this will always be part of the process, we can do a lot to make the resources we use go further. In this article, I will share what I have done to keep our tennis balls out of the landfill and bouncing two to three times longer. When they have bounced their last time they can be re-purposed into material used to manufacture cushioned tennis court surfaces.
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WILSON AND RECYCLEBALLS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

WILSON AND RECYCLEBALLS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We are proud to announce that Wilson Sporting Goods Co., has partnered with us to pioneer an effort to collect, recycle, and repurpose all tennis balls across the United States. This partnership aims to recycle 20 million tennis balls in the U.S. over the next three years.

 

RecycleBalls could not be more grateful that an organization such as Wilson has embraced the environmental foresight to embark on such a green goal with us. The continued growth of RecyleBalls has been made possible only by the generous contribution of time talent and treasure by the fine folks at Wilson.

 

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DID YOU KNOW? RECYCLING CAN BE VERY  PROFITABLE

DID YOU KNOW? RECYCLING CAN BE VERY  PROFITABLE | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

While we cannot legally recommend a value for donated balls, many of our partner facilities are claiming and receiving .40 per tennis ball donated. As a member, If you donate 10,000 tennis balls a year (that is typical), that’s a $4,000 benefit or a $1,400 direct cash benefit based on a 35% rate. Your direct cash benefit may vary. 

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GOT SHIRT?

GOT SHIRT? | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We are currently working nationally to effectively blend cotton and recycled tennis ball felt. This is still an idea and we remain cautiously optimistic this will become a reality.

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CHAMPION PROFILE - SAM CHO & JENNI CHOI OF THE CITY OF MISSION VIEJO

CHAMPION PROFILE - SAM CHO & JENNI CHOI OF THE CITY OF MISSION VIEJO | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

We're thrilled to be partnered with the City of Mission Viejo (City of Mission Viejo, CA - Local Government), who operate four recreation and tennis centers. Pictured above, Sam Cho, the Community Services Coordinator, and his colleague Jenni Choi pose in front of the 10 Recycleballs bins that were recently shipped back to us.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - GAIL & JACK WALTZ AND THE HUDSON COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - GAIL & JACK WALTZ AND THE HUDSON COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

New Recycleballs partners, Gail and Jack Waltz, of the Hudson County Improvement Authority just spruced up the interior of their tennis center!. The organization's mission is to provide a wide range of services to residents and businesses of Hudson County, NJ at the least cost to taxpayers.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - BILL DONAHUE AND FARMINGTON VALLEY RACQUET CLUB

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - BILL DONAHUE AND FARMINGTON VALLEY RACQUET CLUB | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Farmington Valley Racquet Club in Weatogue, CT has joined Recycleballs' green initiative to help keep old tennis balls out of the land fills. During the first week, they donated over 2,000 used balls to be recycled for alternative uses.

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NEW RECYCLING LINE

NEW RECYCLING LINE | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Currently, our non-profit is self-funded with Wilson helping support our operations. We now have a goal to raise $130K to finance a new recycling line and see 20 million tennis balls recycled over the next 3 years. We have invested nearly two years in full R&D on a self-funded basis 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. Our new expanded line is slated to be operational in late October/early November.

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - JASON BEARDSLEE AND STANFORD UNIVERSITY

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS - JASON BEARDSLEE AND STANFORD UNIVERSITY | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Tennis staff and players at Stanford University Campus Recreation Association take a quick break from play to pose with their brand new Recycleballs bins!

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CONGRATULATIONS, SAHIL KUMTAKAR!

CONGRATULATIONS, SAHIL KUMTAKAR! | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Sahil Kumtakar has returned 10,000 tennis balls!  Sahil is a high school tennis player in New Jersey who is passionate about tennis and the environment. Sahil not only sends us his own used tennis balls, but has also inspired several tennis facilities to adopt recycling. We are thrilled to have such a young, ambitious and passionate leader as one of our Champions!

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NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS: CHRIS REIFF AND BOYLE PARK TENNIS

NEW QUICKSHIP PARTNERS: CHRIS REIFF AND BOYLE PARK TENNIS | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

The young players and staff at Boyle Park Tennis in Mill Valley California, are super excited to start recycling tennis balls!

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SPOTLIGHT NEWS MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS RECYCLEBALLS

SPOTLIGHT NEWS MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS RECYCLEBALLS | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

Recycleballs was featured in Spotlight Magazine, who covered our partner facility, Club Mediterra, and their new recycling efforts

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Recycle Tennis Balls For Tennis Court Construction - How & Where  /Ace/Laykold 

Recycle Tennis Balls For Tennis Court Construction - How & Where  /Ace/Laykold  | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
How and Where to Recycle
Tennis is a very popular game worldwide. As a result, the amount of tennis equipment manufactured to satisfy the needs of the masses is significant. The amount of tennis balls produced each year is even larger. Around 360 million tennis balls are manufactured each year and they hold a very short lifespan.

What happens to these balls once they get old and discarded? Ever wondered? As the materials in tennis balls are non-biodegradable, 20,000 tons of wastes are developed from these discarded balls. Most of the waste ends up in landfills, contributing to degrading our environment.

These used balls can now be recycled and incorporated into a tennis court. You can help mother earth from being polluted and keep her green by recycling your used tennis balls.

If you want to recycle your tennis balls, you are just a few steps away. Just follow the steps below:

Our partner, Recycle Balls, makes it simple.

Visit  Recycle Balls and Get Free Labels: Tell them how many balls and boxes you have and they will email you a label.
Ship: Drop of your boxes or schedule a pick up.
Receive Tax Deductions: They will email you a receipt as soon as you shipment is received.
Isn’t it easy? Or if still you are facing problem, Please contact Ace Surfaces

We are currently working on setting up collection sites for used tennis balls across the U.S.

Do you want to help with recycling efforts in your tennis community? You can become a collection site for used tennis balls. Send us your locations address,contact person and website and we will put your information in our database of collection sites on our website.
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