An opticians in Bingham has launched a contact lens recycling scheme in a bid to help reduce unnecessary waste sent to landfill and supporting a charity at the same time.
A zero waste box from recycling company TerraCycle, which specialises in typically hard to recycle waste, can now be found at Specsavers on Eaton Place.
For every item of waste TerraCycle receive they donate to Kicks Count – a charity which aims to reduce the UK’s high stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of babies’ movements.
Amit Rana, store director at Specsavers Bingham, said:‘We’re really pleased to offer a lens recycling point to the local community, both for the wider benefit of our planet and for the charity Kicks Count too.
“Everyone is welcome to drop off their contact lens waste at our store. You don’t have to be a Specsavers customer, just pop in and our team will be happy to help.”
Contact lens wearers have struggled to find ways to dispose of lenses and packaging ethically without resorting to sending them to landfill.
The specialist recycling box is suitable for used contact lenses, foil, pods and monthly contact lens cases.
These are then sorted and separated into metals, fibres and plastics and recycled into a variety of items.
Amit added: “It’s a small step but a simple change such as this can really help reduce an ever-growing plastic excess.”
To dispose of your contact lens waste, visit Specsavers at 13 Eaton Place, Bingham, Nottingham, NG13 8BD.