HCF Eyecare is giving back

Lions Recycle for Sight

Lions Recycle for Sight Australia is part of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program, headquartered in Queensland and operating throughout Australia and overseas.

Over the 26 years that the Australian program has operated, the program, has delivered over 7 million pair of refurbished quality spectacles to men, women and children in need in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Indian Sub- continent, East Asia, and the Far East, China, the countries of the Pacific Rim and Southern Asia and Oceania.

In that past 7 years with our members help, we have now collected over 50,000 spectacles for the program.

Contact lenses blister pack recycling

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)