Recycle your contact lenses and packaging

Contact lens packaging and glasses

Recycling your contact lenses has become accepted practice and companies are making it really easy – by encouraging you to leave at drop-off points or even post for free to them!

Currently there are more than 45 million contact lens wearers in the United States. As of 2018, 35% to 46% of all patients wear daily disposable contact lenses.



  • Easy and convenient if you have a local drop off point
  • Recycled contact lenses are turned into plastic pellets, which can be used to create things like furniture
  • Organisations earn credits for being a collection point


  • Not all collections include the additional packaging that comes with the lenses
  • You need to find a recycling location near or suitable to you

Making a difference

There is an existing network of over 1000 collection points in Boots Opticians and Independent Optician practices throughout the UK where you can drop off your waste.

There are hundreds of other ways to solve plastic pollution