Contact Lens Recycling in Derby - Richard Petrie Optometrists

The Contact Lens Recycling Programme

We are always looking for ways to make our operations more sustainable for the planet. In March 2019 as part of this commitment to sustainably, we joined Acuvue and Terracycle in their nationwide scheme for Contact Lens Recycling.

We are always looking for ways to make our operations more sustainable for the planet. In March 2019 as part of this commitment to sustainably, we joined Acuvue and Terracycle in their nationwide scheme for Contact Lens Recycling.

Every year thousands of contact lenses and their packaging get thrown into landfill or flushed down the toilet which contributes to the plastic waste in the environment. We are one of few registered drop off points for recycling in Derby, and open up our contact lens recycling to everyone, not just our patients!

Contact lens brand ACUVUE® have partnered up with recycling company TerraCycle® to offer a national solution for recycling contact lenses and their packaging. Johnson and Johnson, the manufacturers of Acuvue contact lenses recognises the importance of creating environmentally sustainable products and looks at the full life-cycle of a product it’s during development.

At the moment only soft contact lenses can be recycled, along with the blister packaging and foil lid. These can be kept all together and dropped off in the designated box in our waiting area or given to a member of staff.

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Items for Contact lens recycling

When we have a full box of lenses we send these off to Terracycle to be recycled. The video below shows the full recycling process of all waste sent to Terracycle and the end products.

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