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JonathanRackham

(1,604 posts)
Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:38 AM Mar 2016

Recycling Eyeglasses

I did some spring cleaning and have 14 pairs of old prescription glasses to be recycled (not all mine actually). The frames are in good to very good condition. Does anyone know if the Lions Club still recycles old prescription glasses?

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Recycling Eyeglasses (Original Post) JonathanRackham Mar 2016 OP
Yes they do! Texasgal Mar 2016 #1
Nice thought. I must have a dozen around the house too. I think I'll call my local eye clinic OregonBlue Mar 2016 #2
My ophthalmologist has a box for recycling glasses Warpy Mar 2016 #3
In some communities the Lions Club still DURHAM D Mar 2016 #4
Yes. underpants Mar 2016 #5
RECYCLING MISSION COMPLETE! JonathanRackham Mar 2016 #6
^ Wilms Mar 2016 #7
My post office has an eyeglass recycle bin. lamp_shade Mar 2016 #8
That's pretty cool. JonathanRackham Mar 2016 #10
You can also donate any old cell phones to Verizon in order to help victims of domestic violence. demmiblue Mar 2016 #9
My sister's child custody lawyer told me about that. JonathanRackham Mar 2016 #11
Just be sure not to a create a spectacle Orrex Mar 2016 #12

OregonBlue

(7,769 posts)
2. Nice thought. I must have a dozen around the house too. I think I'll call my local eye clinic
Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:40 AM
Mar 2016

and find out who collects them for my area!! Thanks.

Warpy

(111,867 posts)
3. My ophthalmologist has a box for recycling glasses
Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:44 AM
Mar 2016

so check with some of the docs near you. If they won't take them, they'll know who will.

They don't recycle the glasses so much as the frames, many of which go to developing countries so poor folks can see.

DURHAM D

(32,638 posts)
4. In some communities the Lions Club still
Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:47 AM
Mar 2016

does this but in others they have stopped. jftr - It is my understanding that all the glasses must be sent out of the country and can not be used in the US. Not sure why that is.

If you have a local agency like First Call for Help call them for advice.

Also, some Costcos accept recycled glasses but again they are used out of the country.

Someone posted on DU a year or so ago that people down on their luck and looking for work often need reading glasses. So, I buy readers at Dollar Tree and drop them off at the computer lab in my local public library. Probably time to do that again.

JonathanRackham

(1,604 posts)
6. RECYCLING MISSION COMPLETE!
Mon Mar 21, 2016, 12:11 PM
Mar 2016

Lens Crafters took them in the blink of an eye! They'll go to the Lions Club. Thanks to all who replied, clearly I can see you care.

(My wife says I have to spring clean more often.)

demmiblue

(37,084 posts)
9. You can also donate any old cell phones to Verizon in order to help victims of domestic violence.
Mon Mar 21, 2016, 02:32 PM
Mar 2016

They have a bin in their stores.

JonathanRackham

(1,604 posts)
11. My sister's child custody lawyer told me about that.
Mon Mar 21, 2016, 03:04 PM
Mar 2016

Guy was pretty cool for a lawyer. So when our office upgraded our phones a couple of years ago they went to the Verizon program. And the phones came from Sprint originally!

FYI, they even take solitary chargers since some phones come without chargers. We got the office pack rats to clean out their desks.

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