For Tennis Organizations

Players are now part of the solution.

What is the QUICKSHIP program?

The RecycleBalls QUICKSHIP Program gives tennis facilities everything needed to provide a comprehensive turn-key tennis ball recycling solution.

What is included in the Program?

  • Once an application has been approved, a setup package will be sent to you consisting of 10 Bins, posters, and instructions. These bins come with pre-attached, prepaid UPS shipping labels.
  • You will receive a tax deduction for every ball shipped to us. Many of our partner facilities claim .30 – .40 per ball.
  • You will receive awards at 3000, 500, and 10,000 balls shipped.
  • All bins are tracked and you will receive replacement bins automatically.
  • Dedicated ongoing customer service.
  • The Recycleballs newsletter

What are the benefits of this program?

  • For your players: court-side convenience.
  • For your organization: a green “feel good” that players will love.
  • For the environment: A sustainable solution that reduces landfill waste.
  • For your bottom line: a significant potential tax benefit.

How do we qualify?

  • You must have a minimum of 4 courts.
  • You must send in 200+ balls every 30 – 60 days.
  • You must agree to our basic application questions (see the form at right).

Is there a cost?

  • While this program is cost-free, we highly encourage you to help us find a local annual sponsor ($600 per year) to help defer our real costs. Most of our partner facilities have a local annual sponsor or self sponsor.
  • Local sponsors benefit from an 11″x14″ sponsor plaque that we provide and that is displayed in your facility for one year. Sponsorship information is here.

Can we sponsor this ourselves?

Yes. You may choose to self sponsor or use our sponsor acquisition tools to acquire a local sponsor.

How long will it take to get my program set up?

Due to increased demand, we are currently experiencing a 4-month delay in shipping new non-sponsored setups. This may change.

Can I get this started immediately?

Yes, we typically ship on the same or within 1 day if you:

How do we sign up for the QuickShip program?

Complete the form on the right. We typically review applications daily and will notify you shortly.

How often should balls be returned?

  • Our non-profit depends on 200+ balls (one or more bins) being returned to us within 30-60 days of the setup or the last bin shipment. This also lets us know that you are engaged and have fully deployed the program.
  • Please try to ship each bin as soon as it is full. Holding on to full bins or shipping them all at once may cause a delay in replenishment.

How easy is this to manage?

We have made this very easy. Please go to our Tips and Instructions page for our 8 success tips.

How will you help support us?

We will be providing you continuous dedicated support for this program. Besides posters to make this program visible to your players, we also provide awards when you send us 3000, 5000, and 10,000 balls! These awards serve to let your tennis players know that they are making a difference in their community and encourages everyone to recycle their tennis balls. Questions, ideas? We love hearing from our partners!


More Information

How has this been funded?

This non-profit was initiated by the passion and generosity of a few who volunteered their time, talent, and treasure. We started small and grew quickly by offering no-cost programs. Our funding is derived from a number of sources.

  • Fundraising through our existing partner network.
  • Outreach to corporate sponsors.
  • Sales of our Green Gold for use in tennis courts and other green products.
  • Selling balls as recyclable “no trash” dog balls.
  • Leveraging of volunteer resources.

In 2019 we signed a three-year partnership with Wilson Sporting Goods – our key sponsor and partner who has generously provided us with some funding and institutional guidance. 

Is this model sustainable?

With more awareness and a continuing outreach for more corporate partners, donors, local sponsors, and product sales, we are encouraged this will remain  sustainable.

What about sales of the recycled material?

Currently, our recycling line, the PLAY IT GREEN machine, represents a net expense. Given increasing sustainability interest and our commitment to finding new partners and potential products, this is changing. The investment we have made in this new, first-of-its-kind, custom-built recycling line, holds the promise that with increased production and further product R&D, the GREEN GOLD produced may fund much of this initiative.

How are the balls shipped and tracked?

Full bins are brought to the front desk or anywhere UPS ships, where they will be automatically picked up by UPS without further notice. An automated system continuously ensures optimum inventory levels. Court-side bins typically fill up in 3-6 weeks.

Who assigns a value to the tennis balls as a tax deduction? 

The IRS requires the donor (you or the person you designate) to assign values to non-cash charitable donations.

What are used tennis balls worth as a tax deduction?

While we cannot legally recommend a value for donated balls. some are claiming .40 per tennis ball donated. If 10,000 balls are donated per year that is a $4,000 annual benefit. 

Who can claim this benefit?

This benefit can now be allocated to any designated donor, person, organization or sponsor even if they are not part of your organization.

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