What is Game On Recycling?
Game On Recycling is a pilot program that aims to create a national recycling scheme for sports equipment. That means rather than being thrown into landfills, tennis balls, basketballs, snowsports and many other types of equipment will be recycled.
Each piece of equipment that is recycled goes to saving the planet and our environment. When it comes to sustainability, we have a great opportunity to change the game and create a better future.
Why did we create Game On Recycling?
Where does old sporting equipment go when we’ve finished playing with them? Unfortunately, most currently end up in landfills.
We pride ourselves on being a sporting nation. Over 2.5 million Australians participate in tennis, basketball and snowsports. These activities are fun and keep us healthy. Large volumes of sporting equipment are required each year to support our sporting passions, including an estimated:
- 10 million tennis balls
- 2 million basketballs
- 1000t of snowsports gear
Unfortunately, these unloved, lonely and unwanted items are discarded into landfills when they are no longer needed. There they cause problems with our ecosystems and the bio-diversity that surrounds them.
Don’t these items that have given us so much joy and happiness deserve a better fate? Don’t they deserve the opportunity to contribute positively to the world and our lives?
That’s why we need a new solution that will rescue these items from a dreadful fate and put them to better use for the sake of the planet and our health.
How will Game On Recycling work:
Collection sites are being established around Australia to collect old and unwanted sporting equipment. Items collected will be sent to ANZRP’s processing facilities in Melbourne to be sorted and separated into:
- Items that can be reused and put back into circulation, thereby extending the life of the product; or
- Items that have well and truly come to the end of their life and need to be recycled.
Re-use items will be made available to various community clubs, groups, institutions and organisations, alleviating the costs of purchasing new equipment. Items destined for recycling will be granulated and research undertaken to identify the value in the materials for manufacturing of a variety of products including soft fall matting.
We’re also looking to innovate and even turn these sports equipment into the sporting surface itself!
What about research?
We’re kicking goals in terms of new research and the development of a new recycling paradigm. In Winter 2022, we will work with an additional research partner to undertake research trials and laboratory tests for recycling rackets and winter sports equipment to transform these complex products into useable materials.
Who is behind Game On Recycling:
Game On Recycling is a partnership between Australia New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. Recognised as a thought leader in the Product Stewardship sector, ANZRP works alongside government, industry and community groups to reduce waste, improve recycling and better manage environmental impact.
Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, is the world's leading manufacturer of high-performance sports equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories. The Company brings more than a century of innovation, history and heritage across many sports.
Together, these two visionary organisations are forging ahead to make Australia’s sport equipment industry a global leader in sustainability.
Financially supported by ANZRP, Wilson Sporting Goods Co, and a grant from the Australian Government's National Product Stewardship Fund, the pilot phase of this project started on 1 July and will continue to 31 March 2023.