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Lions Recycle for Sight Program

Specsavers stores across Australia are requesting local customers donate quality sunglasses and glasses to the Lions Recycle for Sight program, an initiative providing quality checks, cleaning and categorising of glasses to then be sent to people in need overseas via partnering charities and humanitarian organisations.

Specsavers stores across Australia are requesting local customers donate quality sunglasses and glasses to the Lions Recycle for Sight program, an initiative providing quality checks, cleaning and categorising of glasses to then be sent to people in need overseas via partnering charities and humanitarian organisations.

Lions Recycle for Sight only fully processes and donates the best of the glasses collected to charity and the rest are recycled

A few fast facts about Lions Recycle for Sight:

  • Part of the Lions Clubs International Worldwide Eyeglass Recycling Program, headquartered in Queensland and operating throughout Australia
  • Over the past 26 years, Lions Recycle for Sight has delivered more than seven million pairs of refurbished quality glasses to men, women and children in need across many regions of the world
  • They receive requests from humanitarian organisations either travelling to a third world country or supplying shipping container loads of suitable humanitarian aid from Australia to groups in the third world
  • Once pre-loved glasses arrive at the Lions Recycle for Sight depot, they are quality tested to ensure any scratched, damaged or unacceptable glasses are culled, then glasses are both machine and hand-cleaned before being measured through a lensometer, categorised and boxed according to prescription
  • Lions Recycle for Sight only fully processes and donates the best of the glasses collected to charity and the rest are recycled

Customers can bring in their pre-loved glasses or sunglasses into store, place them in the glasses recycling collection bin or hand them to a team member. Stores are setting themselves a target to collect 100 pairs of glasses each month.

Specsavers already donates a portion of every glasses sale to both a local charity of the store’s choice, plus The Fred Hollows Foundation, which is working to eradicate avoidable blindness both in Indigenous Australia and around the world. Specsavers also has a growing outreach program which sees its optometrists volunteering with different organisations including The Fred Hollows Foundation across Australia and the world.