Did you know that you can recycle your old unwanted prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, reading glasses, and frames? The Recycling Office, part of University Facilities and Services at the University of Rochester, is working together with the Rochester Eye Tissue Bank and the Canandaigua Lions Club for its third eyeglasses collection. This collection will be ongoing through the month of August, in conjunction with National Eye Exam Month.
Recycling your old glasses is easy for any University of Rochester employee who wishes to participate. Simply send them through the interdepartmental mail system to University Mail Services, P.O. Box 270001. Your glasses can be placed in any size package or envelope.
Once the eyeglasses are collected they are then taken to the Canandaigua Lions Club who then sends them on to a regional location where they are cleaned, sorted by prescription strength, and packaged. Most are distributed to people in need in developing countries. The Lions Club International is a leading organization in collecting, recycling, and donating glasses in their efforts to improve sight and prevent blindness among those in need.
University employees generously donated 338 pairs during our first collection and 322 pairs during our second collection. Donate your old unwanted glasses today and help give the gift of sight to someone in need!