The Bausch + Lomb every contact counts Recycling Program allows contact lenses and packaging to be recycled properly, with the goal of reducing landfill waste associated with contact lenses. It is the first contact lens recycling program in Canada and is in partnership with TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.
Recycling centers do not support the recycling of contact lenses. Due to the size of contact lenses and their packaging, these materials get filtered out at recycling facilities and directed to the waste stream, contributing to landfills across Canada.
Recycling centers have sorting processes to identify and open sealed containers. If any contaminants are found (food waste, contact lenses, other unrecyclable items), the entire container, and in some cases the entire load are diverted to landfill waste streams.
You can recycle waste associated with contact lenses, including:
– Contact lenses
– Top foil
– Opened, dried plastic blister packs Unopened blister packs are not accepted through this program and should not be included in your shipment.
Please note: Bausch + Lomb contact lens cardboard boxes are recyclable through regular municipal recycling. Please do not include them in your shipments through this program
Once received, the contact lenses and blister packs are separated and cleaned. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the contact lenses and plastic blister pack components are melted into plastic that can be remolded to make recycled products.
Contact lens associated waste has been upcycled into a large variety of new plastic products including benches, picnic tables, playground equipment and more. Stay tuned to the every contact counts program to learn what your waste will be upcycled into!
Participating in the Bausch + Lomb every contact counts Recycling Program benefits our environment by reducing the amount of waste deposited to landfills across the country. As a Canadian contact lens wearer, it is an opportunity to do your part as it relates to your contact lens waste.
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