Recycling Challenge: Sports Equipment

Keep treadmills, tennis balls and tired sneakers out of the landfill!          Fact: Approximately 20,000 tons of tennis balls end up in landfills every year
Donate: Goodwill accepts sporting goods (with the exception of bowling balls); visit goodwillnj.org to locate the donation center nearest you.

Play It Again Sports accepts a wide range of sporting goods, from baseball gloves to skis to treadmills. They have locations in Mt. Laurel, NJ (4201 Church Road, Suite F, 856-235-2573) and Berwyn, PA (1004 Lancaster Avenue, 610-651-0202). You might even get a few bucks for your stuff.
Recycle:  The internet is full of boutique recyclers: rebounces.com re-pressurizes old, bounceless tennis balls; recycleyourmat.com takes yoga mats; and greentrophyproject.org accepts the spoils of your athletic victories (trophies, medals, plaques and awards). Visit Earth911.com/recycling for more.

Nike recycles footwear through its Reuse-A-Shoe Program (nikereuseashoe.com).