Second sight: Australians can now recycle contact lenses
Contact lenses and blister packs are now nationally recyclable for the first time, thanks to a partnership between Bausch + Lomb Australia and recycling pioneers TerraCycle.
Bausch + Lomb have launched a recycling program, offering Australians the opportunity to recycle any brand of used contact lenses and blister packs for free.
“Bausch + Lomb is incredibly conscious of its environmental impact, and wants to offer its customers a better solution for their used products,” says Geraldine Maraboli, brand marketing manager, Bausch + Lomb Australia. “We are calling on anyone who wears contact lenses to sign up to the program and help divert their lenses and blister packs from landfill.”
Users simply need to sign up to the program, collect their used contact lenses and blister packs in any box, download a prepaid shipping label from the TerraCycle website, attach it to the box, and drop off their package at any Australia Post outlet. The used contact lenses and blister packs collected by TerraCycle will be recycled into sustainable products and materials.
The recycling program also gives back by making a $1 donation to Optometry Giving Sight for every kilogram of accepted waste sent through the program. Optometry Giving Sight is a global organisation helping to prevent blindness and impaired vision around the world.
“This is an incredibly admirable step from Bausch + Lomb Australia to help consumers dispose of their waste more responsibly,” says Jean Bailliard, general manager, TerraCycle Australia. “The company is showing itself to be a leader in its sector by sponsoring a national recycling program and giving back to charity.”
The Bausch + Lomb recycling program accepts any brand of used contact lenses and blister packs. To improve efficiency and the environmental impact of the program, participants are encouraged to recycle their cardboard boxes through their standard council recycling.
As part of the recycling process, the contact lenses and blister packs are separated by composition and cleaned. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the contact lenses and plastic blister pack components are melted into plastic that can be remolded to make recycled products.
TerraCycle is the world leader in developing solutions for recycling ‘unrecyclable’ items and has kept more than 2.6 billion pieces of waste from landfills around the world. TerraCycle Australia is also tackling other difficult to recycle waste streams like used beauty products, oral care waste such as used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and floss containers, snack wrappers and cigarette butts.
For more information about the Bausch + Lomb recycling program visit terracycle.com.au/bauschrecycling.
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