Great News if You Wear Contact Lenses

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If you like the comfort and convenience of daily disposable contact lenses, but feel guilty about the plastic waste, there’s good news. The Gimme 5 program is supported by Preserve Products, and allows you to recycle #5 plastic, the material in which your contact lenses are stored. Your old cases for contact lenses will be recycled into useful products such as toothbrushes, razors, and a line of tableware.

Using a brand new pair of disposable contact lenses (known as dailies) means no cleaning or disinfecting, but the plastic waste adds up. Instead, make a choice to recycle contact lens cases. If you’ve never taken the time to look closely at the plastic case that your contact lenses come in, now’s your chance. Make sure that you see a number 5 within a set of chasing arrows, or the letters PP. This stands for polypropylene, and #5 is a plastic resin code commonly found on lots of other household containers, such as yogurt cups and medicine bottles. Start looking for this type of plastic and you’ll see it everywhere!

Rewards for Recycling

For participating Preserve Gimme 5 drop-off locations and complete instructions on preparing your plastic cases, click here. If there isn’t a Preserve Gimme 5 location near you, simply mail in your #5 plastics.

To make recycling convenient, Preserve Products teamed up with Recyclebank to make recycling #5 plastic as easy as ever. By participating, you’ll get rewards at local and national businesses, and for products from Preserve and their partners. So not only do you save tons of plastic from a landfill, you also get great discounts and deals. Photo right: Lee Haywood

The mix of products and services on Recyclebank is constantly changing and growing, and is targeted to your area. Use your points for national brands like Stonyfield, Kiss My Face and Green Mountain Coffee or get discounted museum passes- all because you are smart enough to know how to recycle something as seemingly unimportant as contact lens cases!

Feel Good About Recycling

By recycling your plastic through the Gimme 5 program, you will:

  • Save plastic from being needlessly sent to landfills
  • Keeping recycling local because it takes place here in the USA
  • Help Preserve transform your recyclables into new products
  • Earn Recyclebank Points to be redeemed for discounts and deals

For recycling information about other plastic items, be sure to read our posts about recycling pill containers and Brita filters, which are also recycled through the Gimme 5 program. Your conscientious actions add up, so thanks for recycling!

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6 Responses to Great News if You Wear Contact Lenses

  1. What is the top part that seals daily contacts made of? Can this be recycled too, or do we throw that part away?

  2. It’s possible that the seal is made from aluminum, but depends greatly on your brand of contacts. If mixed with other material such as plastic, it is difficult to recycle. When it doubt, throw it out!

  3. I can’t seem to find a #5 or PP on the plastic casing. I wear Coopervision Proclear dailies, do you happen to know if they are made of #5 plastic?

  4. Good question! You could always try contacting them directly or else ask if your local recycling center accepts any type of rigid plastic.

  5. I use Alcon Daily Wear Contact Lenses. Is it possible to recycle any part of the thin plastic cases? The employees at my optometrist’s office could not answer my question.

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