The Vision Aid Overseas spectacle recycling program exists to raise funds that will give millions of people access to eye care in developing countries and stop old spectacles from going into landfill sites. They receive around 3.5 million pairs every year!
Edmonds & Slatter Opticians are collection points for all unwanted spectacles in the Blaby, Glenfield and Lutterworth areas on behalf of Vision Aid Overseas. You can drop off all unwanted pairs of spectacles at our reception desk for recycling.
Many of our patients have asked what happens to the spectacles believing they are sent directly to those who need them. This is not the most cost effective way of using this valuable resource. The actual outcome is far more interesting. Once the old spectacles have reached Vision Aid Overseas' headquarters in Crawley they are hand sorted into three categories.
Category 1 Gold coloured spectacles are separated and sent to a specialist metal recycler where they are smelted to raise funds.
Category 2 Vintage, old or retro spectacles are separated and offered for sale to eyewear merchants who are interested in restoring and selling them.
Category 3 The rest of the glasses are taken to a Municipal Recycling Facility, where the waste is line sorted, any metal is extracted from the conveyor belt (along with wood, paper/cardboard waste, plastics and other recyclables including glass), the remainder which is about 18% is then incinerated at a waste for energy plant in Southern England
The funds raised from this re cycling process help Vision Aid Overseas focus on providing a sustainable solution that delivers affordable eye care services, from locally trained eye care professionals, and low-cost brand new glasses to patients in need.
How can you help? The next time you are tidying up at home and come across any spare or unwanted spectacles please take them in to Edmonds & Slatter for recycling. Your local spectacle collection points are:
Edmonds & Slatter Opticians:
3 Sycamore Corner, Leicester Road, Blaby, LE8 4GR
3 Stamford Street, Glenfield, LE3 8DL
16 High Street, Lutterworth, LE17 4AD.
For further information please go to www.visionaidoverseas.org