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Amazing Tennis Ball 'Trombe Wall' Dog House

Amazing Tennis Ball 'Trombe Wall' Dog House | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Accompanying the 2017 Solar Decathlon was the Sustainable BARKitecture Dog House Competition, a challenge to local Denver architecture firms to design and build the ideal solar dog house.
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Here is another good use for recycled tennis balls. A home for our canine friends. 

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We are Hiring!  Customer Service Superstar

We are Hiring!  Customer Service Superstar | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

LOVE TENNIS?

LOVE PEOPLE?

LOVE A GREAT CAUSE?

WE ARE HIRING!

Know someone who fits the bill? Send them our way.


We have an immediate opening for a seasoned Customer Service Manager to coordinate communication and develop relationships with our growing partner network. The ideal candidate will have exceptional written skills and be able to take on a variety of tasks. Ideally, we are looking for someone to work out of our Vermont office. About 24 Flex hours a week to start.   

 

To apply please email your resume in confidence to Derrick dsenior@recyleballs.org

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CRUSHING IT - A TENNIS BALL IS TRANSFORMED

CRUSHING IT - A TENNIS BALL IS TRANSFORMED | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Our first in-house attempts at transforming tennis balls into a cost effective storage and shipping medium.
We estimate we can ship about 750,000 balls in one truckload instead of only 173,000 uncrushed. This may go a long way towards reducing overall costs in the "supply chain" of transforming tennis balls into state-of-the-art recycled tennis courts or surfaces.
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The Importance of Tennis Ball Recycling

Tennis ball recycling is the only solution to lessen those tons of discarded or used tennis balls. A powerful video from tennisballcourts.com

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Turning tennis balls into tennis courts!

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Tennis Ball Courts Made from Recycled Tennis Balls

Tennis Ball Courts Made from Recycled Tennis Balls | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Laykold Masters Recycled Tennis Ball Courts
Advanced Polymer Technology and Ace Surfaces created Laykold Masters, the first cushion court with a shock pad that absorbs up to 10,000 recycled tennis balls in a single tennis court.  Finally, after a tennis ball has had its last bounce, it can be recycled and used as a cushion tennis court instead of rolling into a landfill.

Laykold Masters 5
With an expected 20+ year lifespan, the LM5 is a perfect solution for new construction. Providing a consistent ball bounce, reliable footing, and long-lasting beauty.

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14% Force Reduction
5 Year Warranty
Factory Blended Topcoats
Tennis Balls in Schock Pad
Laykold Masters 8
With an expected 20+ year lifespan, the LM8 is a perfect solution for new construction or concealing existing cracks in an otherwise structurally sound tennis court. Providing a consistent ball bounce, reliable footing, and long-lasting beauty.

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21% Force Reduction
Factory Blended Top Coats
5 Year Warranty
Tennis Balls in Shock Pad
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Andrew Chmura - President of Grand Slam Tennis Tours shares his success story.

Andrew Chmura - President of Grand Slam Tennis Tours shares his success story. | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
I recommend sharing when you can, with friends and family, with colleagues and employees, and with customers and clients. I learned from an old manager that a spirit of generosity can be a very inspiring thing.
Andrew Chmura is the president of Grand Slam Tennis Tours, a boutique tourism company in Stowe, VT specializing in travel to major tennis events around the world, including the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Andrew grew up in Pittsfield, MA where he was a nationally-ranked junior player. He later went on to play tennis at Notre Dame and on the professional circuit before settling in Vermont where he now lives with his family.

In 2016 Andrew and GSTT partnered with Topnotch Management, one of the leading player representation agencies in the tennis industry. The partnership helps GSTT create elevated, customized tennis experiences for their guests around the world and increases GSTT’s overall capabilities at tournaments and events around the tennis industry.

Andrew also serves on the board of USTA New England.

Where did the idea for Grand Slam Tennis Tours come from?

Well, I had a good junior career, I played at Notre Dame, and I spent some time on the pro circuit, but it’s a different level taking it to the pros. After I finished my pro career, I would use some of the relationships I’d developed and take my friends and family to tournaments. We all just tried to have a good time and break even for the trip. Our needs were simple: good food, cool housing and great tickets, and somehow I was always the one responsible for everything. I saw the potential for a business. It was difficult, I was working full time as a tennis pro, starting a family, and somehow trying to start a business in my spare time. But I also felt like this was something I was already doing for family and friends, why not expand it?

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

My day begins in a beautiful valley in the middle of Vermont. First coffee, then email. If there’s a tour going on I’m traveling, and now that we have the player agency (GSTT merged with boutique representation agency Topnotch Management in 2016) I always check the results of our players around the world. When I get to the office, I try to feel like I’ve already cleaned my plate and am ready for another serving. I check in with my team: sales, marketing, ops, to see how they’re doing and what they need from me.

I make my day productive by stepping back and looking at the big picture. Productivity is a point of perspective. Today is not the day we’ll be crowned the greatest tennis tourism company in the world, today is one small step towards our goals. I’ve got this saying, and a lot of my team knows it, but it’s a mantra that helps keep my day in perspective and my goals grounded: We like to have fun, play tennis and make money.

How do you bring ideas to life?

Action. I believe there are opportunities to be seized and you either make the moment yours or someone else does. Deciding to act is the easy part, in order for an idea to come to life I rely on everything I’ve done and everyone I’ve worked with: my team, my relationships and business partners and my experience. I find it incredibly rewarding to realize how the hard work I’ve put in over my life connects with the present and to recognize that the community I’ve created is the key to my success.

What’s one trend that really excites you?

As a traveler who works in the travel business I love seeing increased mobility, whether it’s better bike lanes and local rideshare programs or charter flight apps and discount international carriers – I love the way mobility brings us closer together, and closer to tennis events.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

One habit I’m glad to have retained from the early days of Grand Slam Tennis Tours is a sincere appreciation for every single sale and a willingness to earn it. Customers are a privilege, not a right, and by approaching them as such, you do yourself a lot of favors.

If you were to start again, what would you do differently?

If I had grown a foot taller I think my pro career would have gone a bit further, but besides that I wouldn’t change much. We all have paths and if you’re happy where you are, I feel like you have to appreciate how you arrived there. Avoiding hardship and failures is not the answer to success.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

I recommend sharing when you can, with friends and family, with colleagues and employees, and with customers and clients. I learned from an old manager that a spirit of generosity can be a very inspiring thing.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business? Please explain how.

I’ve seen the statistics about start-ups and I know plenty of businesses that have failed. My strategy for growth has been total commitment to customer service and a respect for volume over margin. If I sell a Wimbledon ticket to a stranger for a $5 profit, I just paid $5 to acquire a customer to next year’s Australian Open. By trusting in my service and prioritizing acquisition over today’s profits, I’ve been able to grow my business.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Keep it up and trust your path. You’re doing great.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

It takes a lot to be an entrepreneur. It is physically demanding and emotionally draining; there are periods of doubt and worry that are buoyed by moments of incredible, adrenaline-pumping highs. My failure is when I let those periods of doubt creep in. There are too many beautiful people and experiences in this world to get brought down by negativity.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

A large part of my business is sports ticketing and I think there’s room for an innovative pricing structure that is based on the quality of the event you saw, rather than the promise of what you might see. The business idea, then, is to create a ticketing system that rates the excitement and quality of a tennis match and charges spectators in relation to the actual entertainment value rather than the potential value.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

The other day we had a nasty ice storm and all of my employees battled through it (against my advice!) to make it to work. I was the last one in, but I came in with bowls of hot soup for everyone and we sat together as we ate. Bowls of soup are expensive these days.

What software and web services do you use? What do you love about them?

We use Slack for internal comms and What’s App as we travel around the world. Quip is a great tool to streamline a lot of the work and communication of my office. We’ve got employees and clients all over the world and I love being able to connect with all of them via my phone.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Pick up a biography of someone you’ve heard of but aren’t too familiar with and read it. I guarantee it will floor you. I do this a few times a year and it’s humbling to recognize the feats of achievement people can achieve through diligence and creativity. There are some very impressive people who have shaped our world.

Tell us about one friend or acquaintance of yours who we should interview on IdeaMensch? Who are they, how do we get a hold of them and what are they doing?

You should interview one of the best tennis agents in the world and a great entrepreneur, Sam Duvall. He’s one of the few agents in the world who operates independently, which is a statement of his character as much as his entrepreneurial spirit. He’s got a gift for cultivating talent and helping athletes reach their potential. You can find him courtside at any of the Grand Slams in his Topnotch Management polo, or connect with him here.

Connect:

www.grandslamtennistours.com
Grand Slam Tennis Tours on Twitter: @mytennisticket
Grand Slam Tennis Tours on Instagram: @grandslamtennistours
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Andrew Chmura, president of Grand Slam Tours is on the board of USTA and a rising entrepreneur that has grown his business on his own terms.  

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U.S. Tennis Association Donates 3,000 Tennis Balls to Irvington School System

U.S. Tennis Association Donates 3,000 Tennis Balls to Irvington School System | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Rivertowns, NY - The old tennis balls will not be used for what you're thinking, instead they will be used for a "green" initiative.
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USTA donates balls to school district for the bottom of chair and table legs.

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A Future for the Used-Up Tools of the Tennis Trade

A Future for the Used-Up Tools of the Tennis Trade | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Tennis ball cans and their aluminum pull tops are recycled after their use at the U.S. Open. Some balls are reused at the National Tennis Center.
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Discussion of the difficulties of recycling the cans that tennis balls come in. Good reference for the issue in the sport as a whole.

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Regis Tennis Goes Green

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The Regis (Mass.) men’s and women’s tennis teams use more than 20 cases of tennis balls every year – 500 cans, 1,500 balls.
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Short article outlining how the Regis tennis teams went green by recycling their used balls.

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BBC News | UK | 'New balls, please' for mice homes

BBC News | UK | 'New balls, please' for mice homes | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Recycled tennis balls from Wimbledon are to be used to give Britain's smallest mammal a safe home away from its predators.
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Tennis balls from Wimbledon used to make homes for harvest mice.

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How to Recycle 200,000 Tennis Balls

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If you’re an avid tennis fan, you already know that the U.S. Open is taking place this week in Flushing Meadows, Queens. But have you ever wondered what happens to tennis balls after they have been used in major tournaments and in courts across the country?

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Yellow, Fuzzy and Flat: Where Do Recycled Tennis Balls Go?

Yellow, Fuzzy and Flat: Where Do Recycled Tennis Balls Go? | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
“Five years from now, every court in America will be recycling balls,” he said, “and if they are not, players will think, ‘Why aren’t they doing it?’”
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“Five years from now, every court in America will be recycling balls,” he said, “and if they are not, players will think, ‘Why aren’t they doing it?’”

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Disposing of 14 million old tennis balls? France has a solution

Disposing of 14 million old tennis balls? France has a solution | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Tennis players in France get through a staggering 14 million tennis balls each year. The French Tennis Federation has come up with a novel solution to recycle old tennis balls generating a benefit to communities.
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30 Tennis Ball Recycle Ideas!

30 Tennis Ball Recycle Ideas! Don't Forget To Subscribe & Smash That Like Button! DIY Creative Ways to Reuse / Recycle Plasti
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10 Unusual Uses for Tennis Balls

10 Unusual Uses for Tennis Balls | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Tennis balls are ubiquitous and inexpensive. They're great for tennis... for a little while. Then they lose that carefree, Tigger-like bounciness and become dog toys.* But what if you don't have a dog? What can you do with some tennis balls?
Laundry? Yeah, tennis balls.
Household cleaning? Yep.
Parking? Got you covered.
Sensual self-massage? You bet your felted fluorescent balls.
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These 10 unusual uses for tennis balls will help ensure you hang onto your tennis balls and never throw them away! 

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7,200 TENNIS BALLS KEPT OUT OF USA LANDFILLS!   

7,200 TENNIS BALLS KEPT OUT OF USA LANDFILLS!    | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

There is GREEN in tennis thanks to many players and our many new partners who have adopted the RECYCLEBALLS QUICKSHIP program. The bins make for a perfect shippable configuration. A pallet will hold 7,200 recycled tennis balls. We will need 34 pallets to meet our upcoming COURTSFORKIDS CHALLENGE that is still under development. BTW, we trash over 135 million non-decomposing tennis balls into US landfills every year. Tennis facility setup/replacement packages are shown at bottom right.

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Operation: Rutherford Recycles will be hosting the Tennis Balls for PAWS

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Operation: Rutherford Recycles will be hosting the Tennis Balls for PAWS

Published: February 2, 2017
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Operation: Rutherford Recycles will be hosting a "recycling" booth to collect flat or lightly used tennis balls for PAWS of Rutherford County. It will not only benefit PAWS, but will provide an outlet for the community to get their used tennis balls out of the landfill and into the shelter for the animals to play with.

Tennis Balls for PAWS will be in association with the upcoming PAWS Adoption Trailer Event. The purpose is to provide an outlet for the public to "recycle" their lightly used or flat tennis balls by donating them. In light of the news of the impending Middle Point landfill closure, Operation: Rutherford Recycles wants to provide new and resourceful ways for residents to recycle and reuse products from their homes. PAWS uses the lightly used and new tennis balls for their dogs.There will be an opportunity for anyone that chooses to donate their tennis balls to win a 25 dollar gift card from Animal City of Murfreesboro.

Tennis Balls for PAWS will be held on Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Smyrna Parks and Recreation Bark Park off of Espey Drive in Smyrna, TN. It will be hosted in a tent next to the PAWS Adoption Trailer.

You can meet all of the sweet dogs on the adoption truck, and feel good knowing you cleared your garage of tennis balls you no longer use!

For more information please contact Hannah Bleam at hbleam@rutherfordcountytn.gov or call Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 4:30 at 615-898-7739.
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Recycleballs will be providing bins to help with an upcoming Tennis Balls for PAWS event on February 18 . Kudos to Hannah and Rutherford Recycles for helping keep tennis balls out of our landfills!

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How to Recycle Tennis Balls

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Tennis players have the option to collect old tennis balls for mail-in recycling programs or take advantage of a bevy of reuse options.

Looking to green your tennis game? While you may not be able to put tennis balls in your recycling cart, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are several ways to recycle and reuse them.

What are tennis balls made of?

Tennis balls are essentially rubber balls covered in felt. The rubber ball is injected with pressurized air to ensure it will bounce correctly. Once the ball has been completely sealed, it is covered in a layer of wool or nylon felt, which helps the ball last longer. Tennis balls were traditional white, but in 1972 the International Tennis Federation started requiring players to use neon yellow balls because they showed up better on television.
When tennis was first invented in the 19th century, balls were made of leather or cloth and stuffed with fabric or horsehair. Rubber tennis balls were first developed in India and quickly became the standard all over the world.

When do tennis balls need to be recycled?

Over time, the pressurized air leaks out of tennis balls, making them unsuitable for play. There are a couple ways to tell if a tennis ball is too old to be used for your tennis game. Hold an old tennis ball at the same height as a new one and compare how high both of them bounce. If the new one bounces quite a bit higher, the old one should be retired. You can also squeeze an old ball and see how squishy it is. A good ball should not give very much in your hand.
Looking at the ball can be a good indicator of age as well. Tennis balls that are very faded or have felt falling off are probably unsuitable for play.

How to recycle tennis balls
Most curbside recycling programs will not accept tennis balls, although it is worth checking to see if they will take the plastic canisters that hold new tennis balls. Canisters made by Penn, a leading tennis ball manufacturer, are made of plastic #1 (also known as PET or PETE), which many curbside programs do in fact 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. So far a couple equestrian arenas have used the material to resurface their facilities, but Project Green Ball hopes the material can eventually be used for playgrounds as well.

Project Green Ball has collection bins at various locations up and down the East Coast. You can also mail tennis balls to the company. View the “Donate” page of their website for more details.

ReBounces is another company dedicated to tennis ball recycling. ReBounces requires that you send a minimum of 200 balls at a time, but if you send the company a message and tell them how much your box weighs it will send you a prepaid shipping label. ReBounces does not charge a recycling fee.

ReBounces also offers a Green Tennis Machine, which allows old tennis balls to be reused several times. It is available to schools, tennis clubs and other establishments that go through a lot of tennis balls. ReBounces’ website claims that the cost of the machine can quickly be offset by the savings of not purchasing new balls regularly.

Tennis balls for dogs, homes, craft projects

If you have a dog, chances are he or she will chase an old tennis ball no matter what kind of shape it is in. But use caution: Dogs can pull the yellow felt off tennis balls or chew them into pieces, and those small pieces are choking hazards. If you give tennis balls to your dog, watch the dog closely while he or she has it and do not allow your dog to chew on it for long periods of time.
Pinterest has some suggestions for attaching ropes to tennis balls or doing other things to make them into even better dog toys. They also have several fun ideas for craft projects:

Add a couple eyes, cut a slit for a month, and mount the tennis ball to a piece of wood. Voilà – you have a cute critter to mount to your wall and hold pens, mail, keys or other small items.
Glue them together to make animals or other critters.
Use them for sports-themed holiday ornaments.
Here are a few ideas for recycling tennis balls around the home:

If the unwanted tennis balls are clean, put them in the dryer with your wet clothes. They will decrease the drying time — saving you both money and energy at the same time!
Put tennis balls in your toilet tank, which will decrease the amount of water used for every flush (again, you save green and do something green).
Cut a slit in an old ball and use it to store coins. This is a fun way to encourage kids to save for new tennis equipment.
Roll tennis balls over a loved one’s back to give him or her a massage.
About the author

Sophia Bennett is a freelance writer based in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in more than a dozen magazines, newspapers and blogs. She is a dedicated home recycler, an avid thrift store shopper and a huge compost nerd.

Sophia's other professional experience include six years with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, an internationally recognized leader in the field of nonprofit waste-based business development, and a year as an economic development and recycling coordinator in the U.K. She's volunteered with the Oregon State University Extension Service Compost Specialist program and Willamette Farm and Food Coalition. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, crafts, gardening and spending time with her husband and twin daughters.


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New Rochelle Touts Tennis Ball Recycling Effort

New Rochelle Touts Tennis Ball Recycling Effort | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
New Rochelle, NY - The program has been in place since April 2016.
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Quick highlight of the AD-IN program in use.

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Tennis Queensland donates over 2000 balls to the RSPCA

Tennis Queensland donates over 2000 balls to the RSPCA | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Dogs at RSPCA adoption centres across Queensland will be getting a lot more exercise thanks to a donation of over 2,000 tennis balls from Tennis Queensland.
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UK tennis club donates balls to shelter dogs after tournaments and recreational use.

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That Was Made from What?! 6 Surprising Recyclables

That Was Made from What?! 6 Surprising Recyclables | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
From your toothbrush to your home gym's floors, many everyday things are made using some pretty unexpected materials. Find out how your recyclables are getting a second life as tennis balls, golf balls – and even gasoline.
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A short paragraph about how milk jugs can be recycled into the fuzz on tennis balls.

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Tennis ball recycling program to be tested at three Ann Arbor Parks

Tennis ball recycling program to be tested at three Ann Arbor Parks | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
"We hope that this is only the beginning, and that local tennis clubs, area schools and universities will also partner with us to ensure that the Ann Arbor area is doing what it can to manage this surprisingly large, predictable and readily recyclable consumable," Bryan Weinert, director of Strategy at Ann Arbor Recycle, said in a press release.
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Another area tennis group is testament to the growing notion of recycling tennis balls in this country. 

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What happens to Wimbledon's used balls? Ask Cumbria's mice

What happens to Wimbledon's used balls? Ask Cumbria's mice | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it

There's nothing like tennis balls for a cosy home which can double as a rodent plaything

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Wimbledon sends some of its used tennis balls to Lakes Aquarium for rodent houses.

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Disposing of 14 million old tennis balls? France has a solution

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Tennis players in France get through a staggering 14 million tennis balls each year. The French Tennis Federation has come up with a novel solution to recycle old tennis balls generating a benefit to communities.
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How to Recycle 200,000 Tennis Balls

How to Recycle 200,000 Tennis Balls | RecycleBalls News | Scoop.it
Millions of tennis balls are manufactured each year. A father-and-son team found a low-tech way to recycle 200,000 of them.
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