Charitable Eyeglass Recycling

Adapted from Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide by Nicky Scott

Lions Recycle for Sight Drop-Off BoxWho doesn’t keep old eyeglasses as a backup when they get a new pair—and end up with an overflowing drawer of dated glasses we wouldn’t be caught dead in now. If you find yourself in a drawer-cleaning frenzy, you might turn to our favorite recycling guide for advice on what to do with that pile of old glasses. We also stumbled across what to do with printer cartridges (also in a drawer) and mobile phones (yes, they usually have a drawer too). Read here for tips on how to recycle eyeglasses, printer cartridges and mobile phones—those junk drawer items it just doesn’t feel right to throw away—and learn how to contribute to charity at the same time.

Our municipal recycling charts tell us all about juice cartons and newspapers, but eyeglasses and mobile phones? No.

Take eyeglasses to retailers for use in the third world. The Lions Club has a huge eyeglass recycling program. In 2005 they collected more than 5 million pairs of eyeglasses, distributing them to more than 3 million people in developing nations.

Give your old eyeglasses to any Uniontown Lions member or leave a comment below and I will be happy to email you an address so that you may mail your donation to us.