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Brits urged to recycle contact lenses as scheme launched across UK


If you wear contact lenses, you’re being urged to recycle them for FREE.

A new nationwide scheme has launched urging wearers to dispose their waste in public places.

The drop-off points are being offered by Boots Opticians.

Other selected independent retailers are also included.

Wearers can dispose of their waste at the stores, or else opt to have their lenses collected.

It is believed there are currently 3.7million soft lens users across Britain.



And any of them, regardless of brand, can access the scheme, which also offers recycling for the blister and foil packaging.

Johnson and Johnson Vision conducted some research.

Their study found an astonishing one in five wearers currently flush their lenses down the toilet, or sink.

The company says offering a drop-off solution is a massive game-changer.

Before that, wearers had to pay for a recycle service.

Old lenses could be turned into items including outdoor furniture or plastic lumber, the firm added.

Don’t flush them away

Sandra Rasche, area vice president of Johnson and Johnson Vision, said: “70% of British contact lens wearers said they would recycle their contact lenses if they could and we share their interest in reducing the amount of plastics in the environment.”

Roger Baynham, chairman of the BPF Recycling Group, said: “It is encouraging that consumers are now becoming more conscious of the impact that waste can have on the environment.

“We strongly discourage people from flushing away any item made of plastic, as there is the risk it may find its way into the sea.”


Source : BirminghamMail

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