To help preserve the environment, HCF Eyecare is diverting contact lenses and their blister packaging from landfill, as part of a national recycling program operated by TerraCycle and eye health company Bausch + Lomb.
Through this program, HCF Eyecare collects all brands of used contact lenses and blister packs and sends them to TerraCycle, which shreds, cleans and melts them down into raw materials to create garden beds, park benches and playgrounds.
Additionally, for each kilogram of contact lens waste sent to TerraCycle, program sponsor Bausch + Lomb donates $1 to the Optometry Giving Sight foundation to help fund its initiative that targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision due to uncorrected refractive error.
Kristine Dang, HCF Eyecare Operations Manager, said many customers have been excited by this recycling initiative.
“We have mentioned the program to customers and have received positive feedback, with many keen to bring in old blister packs and lenses,” she said. “It is gratifying that by being part of this program, we can in our on small way, help the environment.”
If you would like to assist us in making a difference, please drop your used contact lenses and blister packs into a HCF Eyecare Centre. (Please note that the cardboard packaging is not accepted and should be recycled through regular Council recycling programs)