The ACUVUE® Contact Lens Recycle Programme

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

Participating locations
1,331
Waste recycled
7,843,619
Money raised
£30,414.10

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 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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Drop-off locations

Click on the map for drop-off locations

This map is constantly being updated

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

How it works

Drop off your contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers at your nearest public drop-off location

Drop off your contact lenses, blister packs and foil covers at one of over 1000 collection points, including more than 600 Boots Opticians as well as Independent Optician practices throughout the UK. To find your nearest public drop-off location, click here.

At present there are no available spaces on this programme. 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 customersupport@terracycle.com.

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.

Resources

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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