Contact lenses can now be recycled locally

TerraCycle Include Canada (English) CA Bausch + Lomb
Eye doctors across Ontario, including one Kingston clinic, are reducing waste and keeping otherwise non-recyclable disposable contact lenses and the packaging out of the landfill.
Contact lens users in the Kingston area can drop their used lenses at Limestone Eyecare at 215 Princess Street.   Through the Bausch + Lomb Every Contact Counts Recycling Program, consumers are invited to bring all brands of disposable contact lenses and their blister pack packaging to participating eye doctor locations to be recycled, said a statement.   “Contact lenses are one of the forgotten waste streams that are often overlooked due to their size and how commonplace they are in today’s society,” said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle.   “By creating this recycling initiative, our aim was to provide an opportunity where whole communities are able to collect waste alongside a national network of public drop-off locations all with the unified goal to increase the number of recycled contact lenses and their associated packaging, thereby reducing their impact on landfills.”