A Maidstone business launches an innovative contact lens recycling scheme to combat waste created by monthly reusable and daily disposable contact lenses

Staff at Specsavers in Maidstone were shocked to learn that contact lens pods, pots, films, and contact lenses themselves are not recycled when disposed of in general recycled household waste.

New initiative 

That’s why they introduced the recycling initiative, which is inspired by the global campaign to reduce the planet’s waste. Only a few optical practices in the country are doing this and Specsavers in Maidstone is hoping to convince more and more opticians to follow their example.

A word from the store director 

Sanjay Patel, store director at Specsavers in Maidstone, says: ‘It’s a fantastic initiative and we’re really excited to be able to offer this.

‘Our customers and members of the community are welcome to come in store and leave their contact lens leftovers and packaging with us so that we can carry out ethical disposal.

‘We can accept used contact lenses, foil, pods and monthly contact lens cases. It’s a small step but a simple change such as this helps towards reducing an ever-growing plastic excess.’

To dispose of contact lens waste, visit or post to the store at 21-25 Week Street, Maidstone.

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