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FIRST FREE CONTACT LENS RECYCLING SCHEME LAUNCHED IN UK TO TACKLE PLASTIC POLLUTION

The first free contact lens recycling scheme in the UK has been launched in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. The “Acuvue Contact Lens Recycle Programme”, established by Johnson & Johnson Vision2, has been made available in Boots Opticians and select independent practices. It’s the first initiative in the UK to offer the public the opportunity to recycle their contact lenses, the blister and foil packaging after use for free.

The programme is available for all contact lens users, regardless of their preferred brand.

The aim of the scheme is to cut down on the quantity of plastic waste that ends up in the UK’s landfills and waterways and to encourage people to dispose of their contact lenses in a sustainable way.

According to research commissioned by Johnson & Johnson and conducted by One Poll in November 2018, a fifth of contact lens users get rid of their used contact lenses by flushing them down the toilet or the sink. Additional research also found that more than two thirds of consumers aren’t sure about which of their household items can be recycled, and more than a third of contact lens wearers aren’t aware of whether they can recycle their lenses or not.

The new recycling scheme will eventually provide contact lens users with more than 1,000 drop-off points across the UK. They can either drop their contact lens waste off at the recycling points, or arrange to have the refuse collected. You can find your nearest contact lens recycling drop-off points by visiting the Acuvue or TerraCycle websites for more information.