Contact Lens Recycling

What Happens When You're Done with a Pair of Disposable Contacts?

Disposable contacts are very convenient, but they lead to a waste problem. If you use disposables every day, that's 365 pairs of contacts you toss each year. They may seem tiny, especially when you lose one and have to search for it on a carpet, but in the trash and landfill, they can add up to a rather large mass. One option is to recycle the used contacts. At Advanced Eyecare in Blue Springs, this option for contact lens recycling is available through a company called TerraCycle.

What Happens When You're Done with a Pair of Disposable Contacts?

You Use More than One Little Pair, and You're Not the Only Lens Wearer

One contact lens is tiny, but they're used in pairs, and if you use them every day, that's a lot of used contact lenses over several years. Now multiply that by the number of people wearing disposable contacts, and add in the number of people wearing non-disposable contacts that have to be trashed for one reason or another. Those little lenses become a big problem because they don't degrade easily. Sure, in thousands of years they might show wear, but they aren't going to break down into compost in a few weeks.

Instead of throwing them away, recycle them. Hang onto each pair, put them in a box, bag, or other container, and bring them back to your optometrist's office if the office works with a company like TerraCycle. Your eye doctors can tell you more about the exact process. While not every optometry office recycles lenses, the practice is growing as more people find out that the option is available.

Chances are your eye doctors will have a box set aside for drop-offs. Once the box is full, the office will return it to the recycling company. Be sure you check about the box capacity and how often the office suggests you drop off your used contacts. You don't want to show up with six months' worth only to find that the box is full and that the office can't store extra piles of old contacts.

Contact Lens Recycling Is Available Near You

Advanced Eyecare serves Blue Springs, Raymore, Raytown, and other nearby locations. Contact us at (816) 229-2020 to find out more about contact lens recycling and to set up an appointment to see an eye doctor if you haven't had your eyes examined for a while.

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