What to Do with Old or Damaged Basketball

A basketball ball in a sports setting.

If you have old or damaged basketballs, there are several ways you can responsibly dispose of them without sending them to the landfill. First, check if the basketballs are still in usable condition. If they are still in good shape, consider donating them to a local school or community center. Many organizations would gladly accept used basketballs to provide to children and teens who may not have access to sports equipment.

If the basketballs are beyond repair, you can recycle them. Check if there are any recycling programs in your area that accept rubber or sports equipment. If not, you can repurpose the basketballs yourself. Cut them open and use the rubber material for various DIY projects, such as making a doormat or a garland. Get creative and find ways to give your old basketballs a new life.

It's important to note that basketballs are not hazardous or pose any safety risks. However, it's always a good idea to properly dispose of them to reduce waste and promote sustainability.