Now you can recycle your contact lenses!
Did you know that since 2017 patients have been able to recycle their used contact lenses (free of charge) and at the same time raise money for Optometry Giving Sight. Under this scheme all brands of used contact lenses, plus all used contact lens blister packs and contact lens cases, can be recycled and used to create items such as park benches and garden beds. This wonderful initiative also helps to stop all the plastic from the contact lens products – which would otherwise be sent to landfill – ending up in oceans and having a harmful effect on marine life.
A recent article by Helen Carter from Optometry Australia highlighted this fantastic Bausch & Lomb Recycling Programme. Bausch & Lomb are one of the biggest contact lens companies in the world and they are to be commended on this brilliant enterprise. The program is run through a partnership with global recycling pioneers, TerraCycle and for every kilogram of accepted waste sent to TerraCycle, Bausch & Lomb donate $1 to Optometry Giving Sight. So far, over $1,500 has been donated.
To recycle, patients can visit www.terracycle.com.au, sign up for free and start collecting all brands of contact lens waste in any available cardboard box. When full, they then simply log into their TerraCycle account, download a free Australia Post shipping label, stick it to the box and drop it at the nearest post office, free of charge. Better yet, you can drop your used blister packs and old cases into us and we will do all the hard work for you!!! Win-win situation!
To learn more and join the Bausch + Lomb Recycling Programme, patients can visit https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/bauschrecycling