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 drop off your contact lenses and blister packaging at an existing public drop-off location.
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.
Please check out our Accepted Waste Poster below for more details.
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.
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.