Two Naperville, Ill., students, 17-year-old Katherine Ho and 18-year-old Harriet Hunt, have managed to recycle 1,000 tennis balls since installing a special collection bin at the courts in a local park. The two students raised money and installed the collection bin last fall.
The students wanted to find a way to make sure the tennis balls that players left behind didn’t end up in a landfill, so they found a company that repurposes old balls as well as a company that could provide them with a collection bin. They are currently preparing to send in another 600 collected balls.
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Katherine Ho, a 17-year-old junior, and Harriet Hunt, a 18-year-old senior, said they came up with the idea after seeing tennis balls that players failed to retrieve.
"Nowadays, they seem to be just everywhere," Ho said. "A lot of casual tennis players have a duffle bag just filled with old balls, so we wanted to do something about that."
"You see old tennis balls just lying in the grass near the courts and sometimes a larger dog can chew on them and choke," Hunt said. "So that's a really big concern."
Ho researched the problem and found a Wisconsin company that manufactures recycling bins specifically made for old tennis balls.