Donating your old glasses is an excellent idea.
One recycling option is a non-profit called OneSight. They dispense 100 per cent new eyewear to patients and accept donations to be responsibly recycled. Donated eyewear is disassembled and sent to a third party recycler to utilize the raw materials. Small quantities of collected eyewear can be dropped off at your local LensCrafters, Sears Optical or Pearle Vision locations. You could also inquire at your local optometrist. Hakim Optical also accepts donated eyeglasses.
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Lions Clubs International also collects millions of eyeglasses each year — one of its most popular activities. It costs less than a dollar to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses, which can change someone's life. Check out the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC). The CLERC also accepts donated hearing aids, soft eyeglass cases, safety glasses and sunglasses. Don't forget that adult and children's glasses are accepted by most programs, too. The recycling service is free of charge, and you can find collection boxes at retailers like Wal-Mart, Superstore and Zellers.