We’re waving in World Oceans Day with a brand new contact lens recycling scheme, launching on Monday 11 June 2018, in an effort to help protect our oceans from plastic.
The bad news? According to a new government report, plastics in the world’s oceans are set to treble in the next 10 years. Increasing wealth and population means that people are buying more products and ultimately creating more waste. What’s more, new lifestyle changes, such as eating fast food, means that we create additional waste that isn’t biodegradable.
The good news? We’re helping you to make a difference. With increasing amounts of plastic being dumped into the ocean day after day, we’re keen to keep contact lenses clean. So, we’ve created our very own recycling scheme. By wearing Waldo and participating in our recycling scheme, you can feel safe is the knowledge that:
Your blue boxes are 100% recyclable.
Your plastic blister packs are made from one of the safest plastics, polypropylene, which is increasingly being accepted by residential recycling programmes (check your local recycling before doing this). Chuck your old packs into your recycling bin and they could be melted into brooms, bins and bicycle racks.
You contact lenses can be safely recycled along with the other collected materials mentioned.
The small issue we’ve had regarding recycling until now, are your foil lens seals on your blister packs. Admittedly, these foil tops are not commonly recycled. This obstacle hasn’t been entirely easy to hurdle, but we’ve put our heads together and have come up with the perfect solution…
WE WANT OUR PACKAGING BACK.
The soft-launch of our new recycling scheme means you can send back your plastic blister packs, packaging and foil lens seals and we’ll make sure it’s all recycled, with help from our brand new Terracycle Zero Waste box.
How our Waldo Recycling Scheme works
Waldo’s Recycling Scheme accepts discarded lenses, contact lens boxes, blister packs and top foil. Largest (and recommended) envelope size is a large letter envelope.
You can recycle waste associated with contact lenses, including:
- After you put in your Waldo contact lenses, tip out all excess saline into the sink and wash away.
- Place your contact blister packs and top foils into an empty envelope and seal it.
- On your envelope, write on the front: ‘Waldo Recycling’ clearly on the shipment address in capital letters, followed by the relevant address below dependent on your location. Then head to your local post office and send off your package.
Attn: Waldo Recycling
Your contact lens waste will then be mechanically and/or manually separated into metals, fibres, and plastics. Metals are melted so they may be recycled. The fibres (such as paper or wood based products) are recycled or composted. The plastics undergo extrusion and pelletisation to be moulded into new recycled plastic products.
(please note, unopened blister packs are not accepted through our programme and should not be included in the shipment. Also, Waldo contact lens cardboard boxes are recyclable through regular municipal recycling. Please do not include them in the shipments through this programme).
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to recycle yourself, you can purchase a recycling box for your home and send it back to Terracycle directly. Click here to do so.
For other ways you can help protect the ocean, visit World Oceans Day’s website here.
Our recycling scheme is subject to our terms and conditions, which you can read here.