Contact lens recycling scheme launched in Starbeck

Contact lens recycling scheme launched in Starbeck

Published at 1:20pm 15th March 2019. (Updated at 1:26pm 15th March 2019)

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Christoper Nixon Optometrists in Starbeck are urging people to take part in their contact lens recycling scheme to further reduce plastic usage.

  • Christopher Nixon Optometrists are recycling used contact lenses, which are then made into new products such as outdoor furniture
  • Contact lens wearers can hand in their used lenses for free at the clinic in Starbeck, who will donate the money they earn from the scheme to Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • The recycling scheme was introduced nationally last year but Christopher Nixon Optometrists are one of just a few places offering it in this area 

With an estimated 3.7 million contact lense wearers in the UK alone, the Contact Lens Recycling Scheme was set up by Acuvue in partnership with global recycling specialist TerraCycle, in a bid to reduce waste.

Christopher Nixon Optometrists are one of just a few places taking part in the scheme in the local area looking to reduce wastage, with almost 750 million contact lenses flushed down the toilet or taken to landfill in the UK each year.

The Starbeck clinic are accepting any soft disposable contact lenses, contact lens blister packaging or the foil from the packaging to be recycled into new products - such as outdoor furniture!

Contact Lens Recycling Scheme, Christopher Nixon Optometrist, Starbeck
Christopher Nixon Optometrist are accepting any brand of soft disposable contact lenses, blister packaging or foil for the recycling scheme

Christopher Nixon Optometrists have also decided to donate the money that they earn from the recycling scheme to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity.

Self-confessed eco-warrior Becky Stevens, a dispensing optician at Christopher Nixon Optometrists, has been spear-heading the scheme in Starbeck:

"I was throwing away hundreds of lenses that were out of date or had rips in them, and it did break my heart to get rid of them... so I just thought we have to do something.

"It is very difficult day-to-day to be green. To go plastic-free is a very hard thing to do and can be quite costly.

"This scheme is free and easy. Patients just bring it all down to us and we can get rid of it for them."

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show spoke to Becky at Christopher Nixon's Optometrists about the scheme:

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