The ACUVUE® Contact Lens Recycle Programme

Recycle your contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers through this programme

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Waste recycled
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Recycling in partnership with ACUVUE®

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 drop off your contact lenses and blister packaging at an existing public drop-off location.

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Given the current situation in the UK and in line with the official advice given by the UK Government, the majority of Boots Opticians and independent optician practices have been closed until further notice which means that you are unable to drop off your contact lens recycling in the collection bins. In the meantime, please feel free to continue collecting your contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers at home and keep hold of them until the stores reopen. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

Drop-off locations

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Find nearest public drop-off location

This map is constantly being updated

You can view all participating public drop-off locations on the interactive map above.

A public drop-off location is a communal collection point where the public can take their TerraCycle® waste for recycling. There is an existing network of over 1000 collection points in Boots Opticians and Independent Optician practices throughout the UK where you can drop off your waste.

If you are part of an Independent Optician practice already signed up to this programme and would like to become a public drop-off location, please contact [email protected].

How it works

Participating in the programme

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.

Please note only public drop-off location administrators are able to collect TerraCycle points. At present there are no available spaces on this programme.

What you can recycle in this programme

Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.

What happens to this waste

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.


This programme offers 100 TerraCycle® points for each kilogram of contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers sent. However, the points will only be awarded if the parcel reaches the minimum weight of 7 kilograms.

For example:

3 kilograms = 0 TerraCycle® points
7 kilograms = 700 TerraCycle® points
10 kilograms = 1000 TerraCycle® points

Please note that TerraCycle® points are only credited to the accounts of public drop-off location administrators as a reward for their collection efforts. The number of points given is determined by the weight of the parcel. 1 TerraCycle® point is worth 1 penny.

Once credited, the points can be redeemed into financial donations to the charity or school chosen by the owner of the points. The points must be redeemed on the TerraCycle® website.


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.

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