Contact lens recycling
Recycling your contact lenses
You can now return contact lenses, packets and foils to us for recycling.
Our new contact lens recycling service will keep your contact lenses and packaging out of landfill and waterways. Simply return your used contact lenses, foil lids and plastic blister packs to us and they'll be recycled. Please dispose of the cardboard outer packaging in your normal recycling bin. See below for more details.
How are contact lenses recycled?
In New Zealand contact lens recycling was instigated by the contact lens manufacturer Bausch & Lomb. Bausch & Lomb have generously agreed to recycle all contact lens brands and types through their recycling program. So you can send any contact lenses that you buy from us for recycling. The recyling process is handled in NZ by TerraCycle. The lenses and packets are compressed and turned into new products such as plastic chairs.
Do not throw your lenses down the drain
Contact lenses that are disposed of down drains can end up as micro plastic pollution in the environment. Contact lenses are not handled well by our sewage treatment systems. Studies have found that microbes in the sewage system can break down contact lenses into mircoplastic particles which can be eaten by fish and other animals, ultimately entering the human food chain.
Return your contact lenses to: