According to the CDC about 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. Since they have to be replaced regularly – or even daily – used contact lenses and packaging waste can pile up. Some of it is becoming a surprising source of pollution. Contact lenses and plastic packaging are not recyclable in any typical recycling program (most recycling programs only recycle #1 and #2 Plastics). They are simply too small to make it through the sorting process. Lenses should never be flushed down the toilet or sink drain. When lenses are disposed of that way, they end up in wastewater or sewage sludge and, ultimately, as microplastic pollution in our soil and oceans.
Bausch & Lomb and Terracycle have teamed up to offer a contact lens recycling program. The program is free and accepts any brand of contact lenses as well as the plastic blister packs. In addition to recycling these products, each time we ship items for recycling, a donation is made to Optometry Giving Sight. We are excited to be a part of this unique program. All you have to do is simply give us your used contacts, blister packs, and box containers. We accept donations during normal business hours: 8-5, M-F.