Recycle Used Contact Lenses With This Free Program

April 16, 2019

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Monthly and daily wear contacts have made life easier for the estimated 45 million Americans who wear contact lenses.  But what a lot more attention focused on microplastic pollution, it has left many contact wearers with a questions.  What do you do with your old contact lenses.  Believe it or not, there is a recycling program for used lenses and it's free! Contact lens manufacturer Bausch + Lomb offers a recycling program called One by One. The company work with TerraCycle to reduce waste by recycling all parts of the product, including the used blister pack, top foil, and contact lenses themselves!  While the plastic blister packs that hold fresh lenses is plastic and therefore recyclable, they have the same problem as plastic bottle caps, they're too small for o be sorted properly at recycling plants.  Even if you put the plastic blister packs in your recycling bin, most likely they will end up in a landfill, which is why the One by One excels. The program separates the metal protective layer from the plastic blister pack and recycled separately.  As for the plastic blister pack and contact lenses themselves, they're melted down and remolded to make recycled products. The program accepts all brands of contact lens products and estimates that it has recycled more than 25,000 pounds of packaging to date. Many Optometry offices participate in the recycle program, including Gainesville Family Eyecare and North Florida Cataract, Spec and vision care in Newberry. You can also place the items in a cardboard box and mail them in to the recycling program, using a free shipping label that’s available online [CLICK HERE].

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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