Contact lens recycling scheme launches UK-wide to tackle plastic pollution

Contact lens wearers in the UK will now be able to recycle their contact lenses as the country’s first free national recycling scheme for plastic contact lenses is rolled out.

Wearers of any brand of soft lens will have the option of dropping off used contact lenses and their packaging at a network of recycling bins at Boots Opticians and selected independent stores, or having them collected. The programme is run in collaboration with recycling firm, TerraCycle.

An estimated 3.7 million people in the UK wear contact lenses. Around 20% of wearers admit they dispose of their lenses by flushing them down the toilet or the sink.

The new recycling scheme aims to reduce plastic waste in landfill and the oceans by providing a simple and practical alternative. The recycled contact lenses, blister and foil packaging will be turned into products such as outdoor furniture.

For details about your nearest public drop-off location points or couriers, check the Acuvue and TerraCycle websites

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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