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How To Recycle Your Glasses

A pair of glasses (spectacles)

If your prescription has changed or you have a pair of specs which you no longer use, how can you dispose of them? What can you do with your old glasses?

Spectacles and prescription sunglasses cannot be recycled through kerbside collection, or taken to a recycling centre, so how can recycle spectacles and avoid sending them to landfill?

Reuse Your Favourite Frames

If you like the frames but need a new presription for your glasses, your optician should be able to take your old frames and swap out the lenses. This only works if you have a spare pair to use in the meantime of course!

If your local optician can't do this, online optician Framesavers will put new lenses in your favourite frames.

If you don't wish to reuse your frames, there are a number of charities which you could donate old glasses, usually by recovering the materials used to make them, and recycling them.

Where To Donate Your Glasses For Recycling

Here are some of the places where you can donate your unwanted spectacles for charity.

Remember that your old prescription glasses should never be given to anyone else to use, as this could damage their eyes, however off-the-peg reading glasses can safely be used by another person.


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