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    Where to Recycle Old Sunglasses & Eyeglasses: WCI Weds

    recycle used eyeglassesGlasses are great for seeing better and looking like a hipster. But what can you do with old frames?

    If you’ve broken a pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses, try repairing them before moving on to a new pair.

    Definitely need to move on to new frames? The good news is you can donate them to the greater good and help people in need. We tackle how to recycle old eyeglasses & sunglasses in this week’s Where Can I Wednesday.

    Where can you recycled old glasses & sunglasses?

    • New Eyes: glasses for those in need. New Eyes takes plastic eyeglasses, reading glasses & sunglasses in good condition and metal eyeglasses in any condition. (They also take watches, hearing aids and silverware/giftware.) Ship them in padded envelopes or a box: New Eyes
      549 Millburn Avenue, P.O. Box 332, Short Hills, NJ 07078.
    • Project 20/20 donates used glasses and sunglasses to those in need around the globe. Mail the donations to: Project 20/20 Eyeglasses Recycling Center, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2404 Kirby Road, Memphis, TN 38119.
    • Respecs Eyeglasses in Los Angeles repairs broken eyeglasses. Check out their website because they have some standards as far as taking old donations.
    • Lions Club takes old eyeglass donations.

    Readers, do you have any other secrets of where to recycle used eyeglasses and/or sunglasses?


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    Julie Hancher

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    Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake.

    Your thoughts . . .

    • I THINK that stores like Lenscrafters accept used glasses too. Their website says they participate in the OneSight program. I know when I was younger they had a box in the store for donated glasses.

    • Thanks for sharing! I do think I saw that – will have to check and add to the list! 🙂

    • Kristina Greene

      I usually donate to the Lions Club because there are several drop off sites in my town. I believe they only take prescription glasses.

    • Nic G

      This is great, I have an old pair that I just keep putting in different boxes… Thanks!