Recycling scheme

We are proud to be able to offer a recycling service for both spectacles and contact lenses.

Just bring your old spectacles or used contact lenses and packaging into the practice and put them in the appropriate recycling bin. We will do the rest!

Spectacles are collected on behalf of the Lions Club.

How we recycle your spectacles:-

  1. You donate your old and unwanted spectacles to us.
  2. They are collected form us by the Lions club.
  3. They are then taken to Durham prison where the prisoners sort and grade the spectacles.
  4. From there they are shipped off to Medico France in Le Havre where they have a final sort and grading.
  5. Then they are distributed to those who need them, mainly in Africa but also to parts of the developing world including Eastern Europe.

All this is funded by the money generated from the recycling of waste materials especially gold frames and by any donations. 200 million people in the developing world could benefit from owning a pair of glasses. It is estimated that the eyesight of a quarter of the world’s population can be improved through the use of corrective lenses. Unfortunately for many, a pair of glasses is both unaffordable and inaccessible.

For nearly 70 years, individual Lions Clubs have collected used eyeglasses for distribution to the needy in developing nations. Now Lions recycle 5 million pairs of spectacles each year.

Lions have funded 82 eye clinics and hospitals, treated more than 3.3 million people to prevent river blindness, screened more than six million patients for eye disease, trained 3,000 eye care professionals and collected millions of old glasses for recycling to those in need. Wincanton Lions alone this year have collected 1000 pairs of old spectacles for recycling. With your help we can increase this amount.

Contact Lens recycling is done through Terracycle.

Contact lens recycling is a new scheme introduced in 2019 – we collect the contact lenses, and the dry plastic and foil packaging from all disposable contact lenses, even if you didn’t buy them from us. Please recycle the cardboard boxes in your normal household recycling.