Photo: How to recycle old eye glasses

Providing a pair of recycled eye glasses can change someone's life. (Credit: Jase The Bass via Flickr)

Donating your old glasses is an excellent idea.

One recycling option is a non-profit called OneSight. Check out OneSight to use its store locator and find a drop-off location (e.g., sponsoring stores like Pearle Vision). You could also inquire at your local optometrist. Hakim Optical also accepts donated eyeglasses.

For over two decades, OneSight has collected and distributed eyewear to those in need all over the world. Its charitable efforts have provided free vision care and eyewear to more than eight million people. And in some countries, a pair of eyewear costs more than a month's salary, so your old pair will mean a lot.

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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.

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 recycling service is free of charge, and you can find collection boxes at retailers like Wal-Mart, Superstore and Zellers.

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