Contact Lens Recycling Programmes

Contact lenses may be small, but it seems that 27% of users current flush used lenses down the toilet*.  This isn't very environmentally friendly, so why not use one of the growing number of recycling initiatives in the UK?  It doesn’t take much effort to do the right thing, so please take every opportunity to recycle your used lenses in future.

Johnson & Johnson has introduced the ACUVUE® Contact Lens Recycle Programme in partnership with global recycling specialist, TerraCycle®. Details of how the scheme works are at:

Bausch & Lomb also has a well-established scheme and details are at

Many opticians across the country are also running their own schemes - do ask your local optician if they are part of a scheme.

You can also dispose of each contact lens related product directly, and in an environmentally-friendly way, by following the clear guidance here.


* Optical Express customer survey 2019