How to Recycle Prescription Glasses

Updated April 13, 2018

A pair of eyeglasses can make the difference in whether or not someone gets an education, employment, or even a future. Millions of people across the world suffer a low quality of life simply because they don't have the eyeglasses they need, according to the Lions Club. Recycling your unwanted prescription eyeglasses can improve the lives of children and adults across town and across the world. Prescription glasses of all types and styles, including prescription sunglasses, are recyclable.

Call your optometrist to find out if he collects unwanted glasses for recycling.

Take unneeded prescription glasses to an official Lions Club recycling centre. Community centres, libraries and schools are typical drop-off sites utilised by the Lions Club. Contact the Lions Club in your area for more information.

Wrap the glasses in appropriate packaging and send them to:

Lions Club International Headquarters

Attention: Receiving Department

300 W. 22nd Street

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Donate prescription glasses to a thrift store in your area that is known for providing services to the community, such as Goodwill Industries or the Salvation Army.

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