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Recycling Tennis Balls? YES!
April 10, 2015
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Up to 125 million used tennis balls can pile up in American landfills every year. This does not happen because tennis players don't care about recycling (they do), but because there are factors working against recycling. The general public, and most tennis players, are unaware that the number of discarded tennis balls is astronomical. It is estimated that an average of 2 hundred tennis balls are discarded monthly per park. It takes a tennis ball an estimated 450 years to decompose. The problem is worsened because tennis players don’t have a convenient way or place to contribute used tennis balls for recycling. They can be tossed in with your regular recycling. Tennis balls require a specific technique to separate the material.
 
There is finally a national movement to make tennis ball recycling happen. Currently there are two organizations taking donated balls for recycling: Project Green Ball, a non-profit organization that facilitates recycling, and reBounces, a company that reuses and/or recycles tennis balls. reBounces offers free shipping; no costs (other than a box) will be incurred for sending balls off to be recycled. Courtside disposal has been the most successful way to accumulate balls. Retour has designed a container that hangs directly on tennis court fencing so players have immediate access to a recycling. AD-IN Bin.
 
Currently used tennis balls are being ground up to be included in alternative recreational surfaces – equestrian arena flooring, for example. Soon recycled tennis balls will be made into tennis courts!
Just like any other recycled product, supply will prompt demand. Once a steady supply of tennis balls is available, more inventive, successful uses will arise. All ‘players’ involved are working diligently to make recycling tennis balls a standard practice for players and communities, and finding ways to use the recycled material.
 
For more information about how to initiate a tennis ball recycling program in your community, visit Retour Tennis.

Upcoming Events
Award Nominations
8/6/2019
Biloxi, Mississippi

 

It is time once again for our profession to honor those in our state who have shown professionalism, creativity and gone above the call of duty. If you know someone or an agency within our state who has exemplified the "best of the best" this year, please nominate them so we can recognize and thank them.
Ultimate Frisbee Tourname...
8/24/2019
Liberty Park, Madison

 

Get your throwing arm ready, dust off the ole Frisbee and come experience MRPA's first Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. Registration is now open!! The tournament will be held August 24th beginning at 10 a.m. in Madison, MS. We have room for only 8 teams but you can have as many as 15 players on your team. Here's the team registration form for some friendly competition sponsored by MRPA's District II members. The team registration fee is $100.00. Register by August 10th to save $25.
Ultimate Frisbee Tourname...
8/24/2019
Liberty Park, Madison

 

MRPA District II presents an Ultimate Frisbee tournament!! If you're a frisbee fanatic, put together a team of seven players and join us. You can register by August 10 and take advantage of the Early Bird Special of $100.00. Only 8 teams will be accepted for this year's tournament. Players must be 16 years of age or older. Get more information by contacting Nathan Hanson at 601-853-9109 or by email at nhanson@madisonthecity.com.
Annual Conference
10/21/2019
IP Casino, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530

 

Please make sure you have the dates for this year's annual conference on your calendar. We are "Innovating the Wheel" this year. I think you will be well pleased with the additions our Educational Professional Development Committee is making to our conference content. Please click on the "Call for Presentations" link if you would like to be considered for a presentation.

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The Mississippi Recreation and Park Association provides avenues to build communities, reduce crime, and improve the health of Mississippians. We work closely with state and local recreation professionals to publicize and support statewide and local parks and recreational activities.

We engage students, faculty and elected officials across the state with open communications and improved educational and training opportunities.

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