A friend of mine recently started to play in a tennis ladder (a fancy word for multiple little tournaments). Anyway, it was brought to my attention that the balls used in the tournament were only used once. They were then discarded as not “good enough” to continue to play with in future matches. I figured this was true for major league sporting events, but small local rec leagues do this also? It doesn’t make sense. On top of this, you have the cylinder like plastic tubes that the tennis balls come in that most likely gets thrown away also.
So I asked Hannah to do some research. Below is her post about this issue -
It's easy to remember to recycle those cans and bottles, but this year commit to recycling as much as possible. Sometimes it takes a little extra effort, but remember lots of creative ways exist to not only recycle items, but also to reuse them. This month when you're cleaning out the garage and getting organized think about donating your old sports equipment instead of trashing it. Freecycle Networks are a great way to list your sports equipment to a broad audience, but also consider donating to a local nonprofit. Sports Gift is one such nonprofit that accepts gently used sports equipment that they then refurbish and use in community service sports programs for underprivileged children.
This probably won’t be the last time you hear about this from me. I think this is a huge waste of material all in the name of sports.