Recycle for Scotland

What to do with glasses and eyewear?

24 SEP 21 | 1 minute read

Not clear on what to do with your old glasses and eyewear? They can’t be recycled but you can donate them to charity to be reused.

Household recycling collection

not currently recycled

Used glasses and eyewear aren’t collected as part of household recycling collections.

Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)

not currently recycled

Not recycled at household waste recycling centres.

Other recycling collections

Recycling facilities exist

Ask your local optician if they collect glasses. Lots of them do and they are donated to charities who send them to developing countries. 

Can I recycle contact lenses?

Contact lenses can be recycled by Terracycle at various drop off points across the country or through Vision Direct’s postal service

Contact lenses are not biodegradable and should be put in general waste. It is important that you never wash your used lenses down the sink or flush them down the toilet - this can lead to the plastics polluting marine environments.

Plastic blister packs, solution bottles and the cardboard packaging your lenses come in can be recycled at local recycling points and some household collection schemes.

Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.