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Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:38 AM

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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Reply Recycling Eyeglasses (Original post)
JonathanRackham Mar 2016 OP
Texasgal Mar 2016 #1
OregonBlue Mar 2016 #2
Warpy Mar 2016 #3
DURHAM D Mar 2016 #4
underpants Mar 2016 #5
JonathanRackham Mar 2016 #6
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Wilms Mar 2016 #7
lamp_shade Mar 2016 #8
JonathanRackham Mar 2016 #10
demmiblue Mar 2016 #9
JonathanRackham Mar 2016 #11
Orrex Mar 2016 #12

Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:40 AM

1. Yes they do!

Google your local chapter and they will tell you where you can go to donate.

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:40 AM

2. Nice thought. I must have a dozen around the house too. I think I'll call my local eye clinic

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

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:44 AM

3. My ophthalmologist has a box for recycling glasses

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.

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 10:47 AM

4. In some communities the Lions Club still

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.

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:04 AM

5. Yes.

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:11 AM

6. RECYCLING MISSION COMPLETE!

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.)

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 11:25 AM

7. ^

 

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 01:16 PM

8. My post office has an eyeglass recycle bin.

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Response to lamp_shade (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 01:58 PM

10. That's pretty cool.

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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 01:32 PM

9. You can also donate any old cell phones to Verizon in order to help victims of domestic violence.

They have a bin in their stores.

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Response to demmiblue (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 02:04 PM

11. My sister's child custody lawyer told me about that.

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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Response to JonathanRackham (Original post)

Mon Mar 21, 2016, 02:08 PM

12. Just be sure not to a create a spectacle

Heigh-o!

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