The team at South Coast Optometrist
Bausch + Lomb has doubled its efforts to support the prevention of avoidable blindness by doubling donations raised, via the Bausch + Lomb Recycling Programme, until 11 December 2018.
The national free recycling program, launched in July 2017, is operated in partnership with TerraCycle. The program allows Australians nationwide to collect and ship all brands of used contact lenses, blister packs and lens cases to TerraCycle free of charge. Once received, TerraCycle shreds, washes and melts the waste down into raw materials for producing new products, such as garden beds and park benches.
Additionally, for each kilogram of contact lens waste sent to TerraCycle, Bausch + Lomb donates AU$1.00 to Optometry Giving Sight, a global fundraising initiative that targets the prevention of blindness and vision impairment.
for each kilogram of contact lens waste sent to TerraCycle, Bausch + Lomb donates AU$1.00 to Optometry Giving Sight
Speaking of the latest campaign, which was launched to support World Sight Day, Bausch + Lomb Brand Manager of Lens Care, Maria Tran said, “We want to remind optometrists and contact lens wearers that they are making a difference by recycling contact lenses wastes and are also contributing to support a great charity – Optometry Giving Sight.”
Jean Bailliard, General Manager of TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand said, “TerraCycle is proud to work with Bausch + Lomb to keep contact lens waste out of Australian landfills. We’re confident our collectors will get behind this campaign to recycle more, and to help Optometry Giving Sight make an even bigger impact.”
Recently, the Bausch + Lomb Recycling Programme recycled 100,000 pieces of contact lens waste, a milestone celebrated on the program’s one-year anniversary in Australia.
How the TerraCycle Program Works
Optometry practices around Australia have become collection centres for consumers who wish to drop off their contact lens waste for the recycling initiative. Any brand of contact lens waste is welcome. If you would like to become a collection centre, visit www.terracycle.com.au/bauschrecycling to join the Bausch + Lomb Recycling Programme.