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!

Contact Lens Health Week!

“Do you guys ‘do contacts’ here, because you’re all wearing glasses…”

Yes… we do contacts.  I hadn’t considered a patient might think differently because we all wear our glasses to work. So, I’m glad he asked!  Contact lenses are a fantastic vision correction method and provide wearers with a host of benefits including sports, increased periphery vision and the ability to wear non-prescription sunglasses!

I get to work with new contact lens wearers and teach them how to put on and take off their contacts, talk to them about how to take care of them, how often to replace their prescribed contacts and also pass on a list of precautions to take while wearing contacts.  Contacts are a big responsibility and not one to be taken lightly. Therefore, contact lens health is very important! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agrees and has named this week- August 22-26, 2016 the third annual Contact Lens Health Week.

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Six Healthy Habits for Contact Lens Wearers

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before inserting and removing contacts
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  • Only clean your contacts with doctor recommended contact lens disinfecting solution- never water or saliva.
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  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses

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  • Always store your contacts in fresh solution every night, don’t top-off old solution

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  • Stick to the prescribed wearing schedule for your contact lenses

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  • If you experience eye pain, discomfort, redness or blurry vision, remove your contacts and call us to schedule an appointment right away!contact lens care routine and lessons

These are just a few contact lens health habits that can help your contact lens experience be comfortable and healthy.  For more information, talk to Dr. McEathron at your next yearly eye exam and visit the CDC website Healthy Contact Lens Wear and Care.