Recycle your contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers through this programme
TerraCycle® and ACUVUE® have partnered to create a free recycling programme for any brand of soft contact lenses and blister packs.
The programme operates through a network of private and public drop-off locations throughout the UK. As an individual, company, charity or school, you can either drop off your contact lenses and blister packaging at an existing public drop-off location or download a free shipping label here.
As a Consumer looking to recycle your contact lens waste – you have 2 options:
1. Drop your waste off at a public drop-off location, including over 600 Boots Opticians Stores and a network of Independent Opticians throughout the UK. To find your nearest public drop-off location, click here.
2. Download a free shipping label from the ACUVUE® website. Affix the label to any card box containing your waste and arrange a UPS collection.
Please note only private and public locations are able to collect TerraCycle points. At present there are no further available spaces on this programme.
Once collected, the aggregated contact lenses, blister packaging and outer foils are sorted, shredded and washed. The material is then densified into hard-granulated plastic granules. The granules are then extruded so they can be incorporated into the production of different plastic products such as benches.
Click here to learn more about the recycling process.
TerraCycle® points can be redeemed for a variety of charitable gifts or a payment to the non-profit organisation of your choice. For more information about our points programme, click here.
1 TerraCycle® point is worth £0.01.
ACUVUE® is partnering with TerraCycle® to offer a national solution for recycling contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers. At Johnson & Johnson Vision, manufacturers of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, we know it’s important to create environmentally sustainable products.
Our approach to developing more sustainable products looks at the full life-cycle: from formulation and manufacturing to use and end of life. Our goal is to substantially limit our contribution to landfills through solutions to drive single-use plastic recycling and packaging material optimisation.
Learn more about ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses here.