As we all know how important recycling is for the environment’s sake, it is important to give at least a little thought about which bin to throw your recyclables in.
As a table tennis player myself, I once wondered whether ping pong balls are recyclable, and I thought how many others out there are wondering the same question; are ping pong balls recyclable?
In short, ping pong balls are recyclable whether they are made from ABS plastic, like all the new ping pong balls, or are made from celluloid. However, neither of these materials is biodegradable.
You can recycle ping pong balls without a worry, but before you do that, you might want to think about what else you can do with your old ping pong balls?
What can you do with old ping pong balls
There are countless things you can do with your ping pong balls that you don’t need. From different games to create DIY projects, you should find something that allows you to put your old ping pong balls to better use. Let’s take a look at all the things you might do!
- Play beer pong
- Ping pong ball bingo
- Make clown noses
- Paint them and use them as decoration
- Slice of the top and serve cute snacks or liquids from them
- Use ping pong balls for science experiments
- Use them for DIY crafts
Here is just a small number of ideas that you can do with old ping pong balls. Your imagination is the limit here.
Are ping pong balls made of plastic
After 2015 all balls have been made from plastic; however, there are still millions of celluloid balls out there that have been produced from the early 1900s to 2014. Most ping pong balls are made from ABS plastic that is acrylonitrile butadiene styrene which is firm and light.
I have an in-depth article about what ping pong balls are made of and their production process that I highly encourage you to read!
How do you dispose of old sports balls
You can dispose of old sports balls by taking them to a recycling center. Depending on the ball’s material, you can also dispose of them in the right trash can. If the ball is unbroken, you can donate it to a charity, kids nearby, or someone would take it. Finally, you can do a creative DIY project out of it!
How do you recycle foam balls
Foam is thermoplastic; therefore, it can be recycled many times. The best way to recycle foam balls is to find a recycling bin just for foam. However, foam recycling bins aren’t found in any corner, so you can use Berecycled.org to find your nearby foam recycling bin using your zip code.
As we can see, ping pong balls are recyclable whether they are made from ABS plastic or celluloid. There are also many more fun things to do with your old ping pong balls than to recycle them. I hope that you now know what to do with your ping pong balls and how to recycle them.