How to Recycle Bowling Balls

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Bowling balls are surprisingly versatile in craft projects.
Bowling balls are surprisingly versatile in craft projects. (Image: vintage bowling image by de_martin from Fotolia.com)

Heavy and cumbersome, unused bowling balls can sit in our cupboards gathering dust for years before you do anything about them. A popular sport in the United States, many people acquire one or more bowling balls at one point or another. However, if you're no longer drawn to the lanes, it can be difficult to know what to do with them. Instead of throwing them away, you can brush off the cobwebs and help the environment and perhaps your garden at the same time by recycling them.

Recycle the ball. If you know what your bowling ball is made of, you might be able to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. Some modern bowling balls are made out of plastic, but remember that not all plastics can be recycled. According to the recycling information website, How Can I Recycle This, some balls are made from urethane, but this costs too much to recycle.

Use the ball for garden decoration. If you want to get creative with your bowling ball, you can use it to create a beautiful ornament for your home or garden. Unused bowling balls can be covered in mosaic or other embellishments and transformed into doorstops, outdoor decoration, paperweights or even a plant pot.

Give the ball away. If you can't recycle your ball in the conventional way, you can try advertising it on a second-hand goods site or community page. After all, even if you don't want it anymore, someone else might.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to embellish your ball, clean it with degreaser first. This will help the adhesive stick to the surface better.

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