Lesley and Amber popped into Cheadle to pick up the latest batch of contact lens waste last week, ready to recycle. A patient just booking an appointment hadn’t heard of the scheme (though she’s already been back with her first collection of contact lenses, now NOT being flushed down the toilet!) and asked how the contact lens waste was re-used. Great question. Terracycle, the company who recycle the waste, commit NEVER to landfill or incinerate waste. They always reuse, upcycle or recycle. Contact lenses, blister packs and foil are sorted, shredded and washed, then the material is densified into hard-granulated plastic granules. These are then incorporated into the production of different plastic products, such as benches. So now you know! Keep the waste coming in, and let your friends and relatives know. They don’t have to be our patients to drop off their waste – the collection bins are near the doors of each practice.