Want to recycle your old glasses? You can now do so in-store thanks to our partnership with MYgroup, a recycling and waste disposal company, that will turn your old glasses into something different.
Not sure what to do with old glasses?
Glasses are generally made from plastic type materials, including acetate, as well as metals, such as stainless steel, titanium and nickel silver. Most glasses are not biodegradable and cannot be recycled unless in the right conditions.
Recycling glasses is not usually an option through local authority collections. As a result, Specsavers has partnered with MYgroup so that customers can recycle their glasses near them, free of charge by bringing them into their local store.
Recycling boxes can be found in all UK optical stores, so you can place your old or used glasses in there, and they will be turned into something different and useful. Specsavers also offers free contact lenses recycling.
What is not practical to recycle with MYgroup?
We’re working on it, but right now our glasses cases and lens cloths are not practical to recycle because they’re made of lots of component parts and are therefore tricky to recycle.
How does the recycling process work?
Pop your old glasses in the recycling box in store.
Once full, the recycling boxes are collected by MYgroup and transported to its plastics recycling division in Hull.
The contents are manually and mechanically sorted to separate out plastics and metals (for example, hinges and screws from glasses).
Plastic material is mechanically shredded and sent to the board mill, which creates three layers of shredded plastic – two skin layers and a core.
The shredded plastic is heated and pressed into each layer, and then the three layers are heated and pressed into a strong, durable and 100% recycled board, ready for a multitude of uses.
The recycled plastic boards are an ideal replacement for plywood and are used in construction, shopfitting, joinery and more. The MYgroup team also design and create a wide range of items made from the recycled plastic boards, including furniture and home and gardenware.
For more information about MYgroup and the recycling services they provide, please go to their website.