Bingham Specsavers has launched a contact lens recycling scheme in a bid to help reduce unnecessary waste sent to landfill and supporting a charity at the same time.

Collection for charity
A ‘zero waste’ box from recycling company TerraCycle, which specialises in typically hard to recycle waste, can now be found at Specsavers, 13 Eaton Place.

For every item of waste TerraCycle receive they donate to Kicks Count – a charity which aims to reduce the UK's shockingly high stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of babies’ movements.

A word from the store director
Amit Rana, store director at Specsavers Bingham, said: ‘We’re really pleased to offer a lens recycling point to the local community, both for the wider benefit of our planet and for the charity Kicks Count too. Everyone is welcome to drop off their contact lens waste at our store - you don’t have to be a Specsavers customer, just pop in and our team will be happy to help.’

Important issue
Reducing plastic waste is high on everyone’s agenda but for years contact lens wearers have struggled to find ways to dispose of lenses and packaging ethically without resorting to sending them to landfill. The specialist recycling box is suitable for used contact lenses, foil, pods and monthly contact lens cases. These are then sorted and separated into metals, fibres and plastics and recycled into a variety of items.

‘It’s a small step but a simple change such as this can really help reduce an ever-growing plastic excess,’ Amit concluded.

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