|Posted on December 30, 2015 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
We make tennis ball recycling work on a greater scale, by creating a system of incentives to get key players in the tennis training industry to participate.
We are targeting a specific niche in the industry where large quantities of tennis balls are used for professional lessons, practice, and drills at premier tennis training clubs around the country.
These clubs must maintain a high quality level for the large quantities of balls they keep in carts court-side for their training programs. These balls must be replaced every few weeks to maintain the consistency expected from serious players. In this process however, it is very difficult to separate the relatively un-used balls from those that have been completely worn out, so when enough of them start becoming "dead", they must replace all the balls in a cart with new balls. There are a significant number of decent ones remaining. That is where 1st-Service comes in…
We collect all the discarded indoor cart balls we can from all the premier tennis training clubs that will participate in our program, and use our special sorting system to extract balls that can still be used for tennis.
Then we rely on you, our customers to buy the ones that are still in great shape for tennis, maximizing the life span of these high quality balls.
Recycling anything costs money and energy, but re-using it for it's original intended purpose is the most eco-friendly way. This re-use step generates the money (by customer purchases) needed to pay for the labor and transportation costs to recycle the rest.
"The rest" that cannot bounce well enough then get properly recycled though our partnerships with non-profit organizations and manufacturers who can put the material to good use. By sending these balls to non-profit organizations, our business and the donating clubs can recoup the cost to ship them.
Its a crucial relationship, we cant do it without the teamwork of all parties - the clubs, the non-profits, and the customers.
And this enables us to keep as many balls as possible out of the landfill – that is our ultimate goal for the love of the game and creation.