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The ACUVUE® Contact Lens Recycle Programme

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

Participating locations
1,998
Available locations
2

Recycling in partnership with ACUVUE®

TerraCycle® is partnering with ACUVUE® to offer a free, accessible contact lens recycle programme for any soft contact lens user in the UK. The programme accepts disposable lenses, blister packs and blister foils.

The programme offers contact lens wearers the option to recycle from their home, or via a network of partner opticians practices across the UK.

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Drop-off locations

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Find nearest public 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 600 collection points in Boots Opticians and Independent Optician practices throughout the UK where you can drop off your waste.

If you’re an Independent Opticians and you would like to become a public drop-off location on this programme, please fill out this form here.

How it works

There are 3 ways to participate in the programme:

1. Drop your waste off at a public drop-off location, including over 650 Boots Opticians Stores and a network of Independent Opticians throughout the UK. To find your nearest public drop-off location, click here. If you are a member of an Independent Opticians and would like to register to become a public drop-off location, please join the programme and fill in this form

2. Download a free shipping label from the ACUVUE® website. Please note you will be unable to earn TerraCycle® points through this approach.

3. Log in to the TerraCycle® website and join The ACUVUE® Contact Lens Recycle Programme page as a private collector to send us your waste and earn TerraCycle® points. 

What you can recycle in this programme

What happens to the 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.

Rewards

TerraCycle Points

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.

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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