Sports Equipment Alternative ways to recycle Garbage Bin Do Not Recycle Sports equipment is almost always made out of mixed materials, making it impossible to recycle. If sporting equipment is unusable, put it in the garbage. Alternative Ways to Recycle Mail-In Used Baseball Equipment National mail-in programs like Pitch In For Baseball & Softball and Level the Playing Field are a great way to give your used baseball equipment a second life. Mail In Used Tennis Balls Send in your used tennis balls (in bulk) to RecycleBalls, the leading tennis ball recycling organization in North America. Donate Sports Equipment Donate your outgrown or unwanted sports equipment to an organization that will give it to kids who need it. Check out this list of organizations to get started. Ways to Reduce Buy Used Buy used equipment on online marketplaces such as Craigslist, eBay, Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace or used gear shops such as Play It Again Sports. Avoid buying safety gear, such as helmets or climbing gear, used as it may not perform as it should. Ways to Reuse Sell or Donate if Usable Sell used equipment on online marketplaces such as Craigslist, eBay, Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace or used gear shops such as Play It Again Sports. Don’t want to bother selling? Donate your equipment to a thrift store.