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Rochdale News | News Headlines | Specsavers launches eyeglass and contact lens recycling initiative

Date published: August 07, 2022

Specsavers in Rochdale is offering customers the opportunity to recycle their glasses and contact lenses for free in store.

The new initiative comes after high street opticians teamed up with recycling experts MYgroup to install recycling collection boxes at Specsavers stores across the country.

Customers at Specsavers in Rochdale will be able to drop off metal and plastic glasses and sunglasses, as well as contact lenses and accessories, including blister packs, contact lens cases and solution bottles.

Once the collection bins are full, the items will be shipped to MYgroup’s recycling facility.

Glasses and contact lenses will be given a second life and repurposed into a wide range of items such as furniture, home and garden accessories, including benches and playground equipment.

It can also be used in construction as an excellent alternative to plywood. Unlike some recycled items, the recycled cardboard created by MYgroup has the potential to be recycled again and again, so any item dropped off for recycling can be reused multiple times.

Sarah Culshaw, Retail Director at Specsavers, said: “At Specsavers we strive to improve what we do to protect the planet, so we are delighted to offer customers the option to recycle a range of eyewear products.

“We know from customer feedback that people want to be able to recycle eye care products, so we’re really excited to be able to meet our customers’ needs in this important way.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our plan for the future and by offering this service, we are making it easier than ever for our customers to play their part.”

What can I recycle at my local Specsavers?

  • Eyeglasses
  • Sun glasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Plastic packaging for contact lenses (solution bottles, blisters, cases and tweezers)

What can’t currently be recycled in my local Specsavers?

  • Glasses cases – unfortunately they are made up of many components and are not practical to recycle at this time.
  • Lens Cloths