Global eye health company Bausch + Lomb announced today that its ONE by ONE Recycling Program, the first contact lens recycling program of its kind, has recycled nearly 2.5 million used contact lenses, blister packs and top foil since its launch last year. This is equivalent to more than 14,000 pounds of waste, about the weight of a small aircraft. Collection is offered free of charge through a collaboration with TerraCycle®, a company dedicated to repurposing hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.
“Before this program was established, we regularly heard from customers who were concerned of the environmental impact of contact lenses, particularly from the use of daily disposables. Now, with this initiative, we are reducing the landfill waste associated with these materials. It’s a program we’re extremely proud of and we look forward to our continued partnership with TerraCycle,” said John Ferris, general manager of U.S. Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb.
Available to optometry practices and their patients across the U.S., the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program recycles used contact lens materials into post-consumer products. The program works by providing participating practices with large recycling bins to collect used contact lenses, blister packs, and top foil. Once the bins are full, a free shipping label can be printed, and the used materials can be mailed to TerraCycle for recycling. For every qualifying shipment of 2 pounds or more, a $1-per-pound donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight, the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision by providing eye exams and glasses to those in need. To date, the program has raised more than $14,000.
Patients can also participate directly by visiting the program’s website and printing a complimentary mailing label. To learn more about the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program, how to register for the program and to print free shipping labels, visit www.BauschRecycles.com.