Contact Lens and Packaging Recycling

Introducing… The Contact Lens Recycling Program!

Contact lens and packaging recycling with Bausch & Lomb

We’re thrilled to partner with Bausch & Lomb to be an official One-by-One Recycling Center for contact lens plastic packaging and contact lens recycling. Drop off all opened blister pack waste- the top foil and the plastic and the contacts themselves to our office and we will mail them to the recycling facility.

Contact lens and packaging recycling with Bausch & Lomb
Bring in all components seen above – contacts, blister pack and foil cover for recycling

City recycling programs filter out contact lens packaging and send it to landfills due to their small size and packaging. Put together, the contact lens waste that the US generates annually could encircle the globe three times!  We’re very thankful that Bausch & Lomb combined forces with TerraCycle(R) to tackle this problem and contribute to contact lens recycling.  Below we outline the steps we recommend to collect and bring the waste to Binyon for proper disposal.

Contact lens and packaging recycling with Bausch & Lomb

Waste will be shipped to TerraCycle, here it will be melted into plastic that can be remolded into recycled products.  Recycled separately will also be foil tops.

Contact lens and packaging recycling with Bausch & Lomb
Adirondack chairs made from recycled plastic

Another bonus? For every 2lbs of waste received, Bausch & Lomb will donate $1 to Optometry Giving Sight an awesome organization dedicated to provide eye exams and glasses to people in impoverished nations.

Contact lens and packaging recycling with Bausch & Lomb

Steps to recycle contact lens waste:

  1. Create a separate waste receptacle (recommend cardboard box) close to where you insert and remove your contacts.
  2. Just after you open and insert a new contact, empty saline solution down the drain and place waste products in the dedicated receptacle.
  3. When you remove the contact after it’s lifetime (daily, weekly, monthly, etc) –  dispose it into your container.
  4. When container gets full, bring box of waste to Binyon Vision Center – 411 E. Magnolia Street – downtown Bellingham for disposal.
  5. Smile – you’re helping reduce landfill waste.

Questions! Feel free to contact us!

The Beauty of the Northwest Captured by Peter James Photography

Peter James Photography and Web Design

I hope that you’ve noticed the beautiful photo of Mt. Baker on the top of our website and of Whatcom Falls in the slide show on our website.  There’s no question that we live in one of the most beautiful, picturesque areas of the world.  Peter Klco of Peter James Photography has an amazing eye for capturing an overall breathtaking photo of our landscape with an attention to the small details that will leave you mesmerized.

web design and Peter James Photography

Peter also does web design and we had the great pleasure of working with him on our website last summer.  He makes the design and site construction process very personalized, well organized. And, brings a wealth of knowledge on the ever changing landscape (intended pun) of marketing yourself successfully on the internet.

Photography and Optometry – Visual Geeks!

We found many similarities between our worlds of photography and optometry. Both are centered on the visual system and how to create the best possible images for our consumer.  Peter has a variety of cameras, lenses and equipment to create his images – while Dr. McEathron will sometimes prescribe a variety of glasses prescriptions to help create the clearest image at different distances (distance, reading, computer).

There are many choices of medium to print Peter’s images on. Lately he’s chosen metal as a substrate of choice because of how vivid and bright the images appear.  We have many choices in lens materials and designs to offer our patients in glasses. We first recommend digital freeform lenses. These provide vision most accurate to the prescription and customized for how the patient wears it in their particular frame.

It was a joy to work with Peter and his team and we’d like to invite all of you to become familiar with his fantastic photography work and to seek him out for assistance with a website if the need arrives!  In addition to providing high quality work, the team is committed to giving back by planting 100 trees for every photo purchased and website created through the Trees for the Future campaign.