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By karlykraz, vero beach, FL

Did you know that over 50,000 metric tons of recreational balls are dumped into the earth annually? Did you know that most balls – such as tennis balls – are made of rubber and take approximately 10 years to decompose? And, did you know that over 300 million tennis balls are produce annually, with a court-life of just a few hours before being discarded?

My brother and I co-founded Balls-Go-Round, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection, recycling, and redistribution of used balls. To date, we have recycled over 100,000 balls and donated them to youth programs, Tier-1 public schools (high poverty), occupational therapy groups, homeless programs, and even animal shelters and humane societies.

By educating country clubs and sports facilities, we can create awareness about recycling gently used balls and prevent tons of waste from ending up in our landfills.

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