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      Lightbulb Is there a way to responsibly recycle dead rubbers?

      Hello guys,

      I would like to know if table tennis rubbers are something we can recycle safely by deposing in recycling bins, or do they belong to landfill.

      Even though I am just a regular citizen, I feel bad every time I have to put a rubber in the bin. If there is a way to recycle them responsibly, I would very much like to know.

      Many thanks in advance

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      Quote Originally Posted by virtuososiu View Post
      I feel bad every time I have to put a rubber in the bin.
      Eventually, that is where they will land.

      Two out of many things you could do with them:

      1. Give them to people who can´t afford new rubbers. What you consider dead may have enough life in it for them.
      (I once had a team mate from Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world. He has since gone back and I send him rubbers from time to time. Stuff that we take off our rackets when we get new rubbers has helped them a big deal)
      2. Approach some archers. A friend of mine gave his rubbers to them because it makes it way easier to pull the arrows out of the target. No joke.

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      I never had to throw any used rubber away - the best way is to find someone who will use them - this is rather easy -they are lining to take them off my hands.

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      You can cut it and use as rubber feet for electronics and stuff.

      But mostly this:
      Quote Originally Posted by Airoc View Post
      Give them to people who can´t afford new rubbers.

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      I give all my old rubbers to my local club. It helps the coach to have a good selection for players to practice against and can be given to players who can't afford new rubbers.

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      Are they made of plastic?
      I mean - if I put them into separated trash, its Plastics, right?

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      A friend of mine uses the dead rubbers as bottle openers.

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      Quote Originally Posted by romanzdk View Post
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      that's an interesting idea

      In my country there are 3 containers for recycling: general waste, food waste and paper/plastics/metals. So if there is somewhat similar system in your country and you put rubbers in paper/plastics/metals container, the rubbers won't end up in the landfill, but in a recycling plant and they will know there what to do..

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      Quote Originally Posted by Simas View Post
      that's an interesting idea

      In my country there are 3 containers for recycling: general waste, food waste and paper/plastics/metals. So if there is somewhat similar system in your country and you put rubbers in paper/plastics/metals container, the rubbers won't end up in the landfill, but in a recycling plant and they will know there what to do..
      That's so good to hear. So as long you put then in "plastic" they will find a way to recycle? I thought we could only put certain kind of plastic in the "recycle" bin/category

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      Quote Originally Posted by virtuososiu View Post
      That's so good to hear. So as long you put then in "plastic" they will find a way to recycle? I thought we could only put certain kind of plastic in the "recycle" bin/category
      "Plastics" is a general category, and its the same with what we call "rubbers".
      Unfortunately allround the world you would not find a single place where ALL kind of materials could be recicled, even if if the trash containers are marked accordingly with the appropriate names. Its a matter of regulations, corruption and BIG money. Allround the world. And thats for shure. Somewhere more, somewhere less, but everywhere.

      for me the best way to "recycle" the old TT rubbers is to use them for production of TT return boards, or some kind of "patchwork" in kindergardens and schools.

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