Bausch + Lomb announced on "America Recycles Day" that its exclusive ONE by ONE recycling program has recycled a combined total of more than one million used contact lenses, blister packs, and top foils in less than 1 year since launch. The program, made possible through a collaboration with TerraCycle, a leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, has diverted more than 7,000 pounds of waste from landfills, and has helped create new post-consumer products.
Eye care professionals who are registered with the ONE by ONE Recycling Program are provided custom recycling bins for collection in the office. As a result, patients can bring in their contact lens materials from home, and the practice can collect lenses used within the office. The items are sent to TerraCycle for proper recycling using a free shipping label by Bausch + Lomb.
“We are proud of the significant impact the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program has made in less than a year since its inception,” John Ferris, vice president and general manager, U.S. Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb, said in a company news release. “It is a reflection of our longstanding commitment to champion causes that not only raise awareness and engagement in sustainable eye care practices, but that also provide vision care for those who are in need.”
In addition to the ONE by ONE Program supporting environmental sustainability, for every pound of waste accepted, a $1 donation is made to Optometry Giving Sight, the only global fundraising initiative that specifically targets the prevention of blindness and impaired vision by providing eye exams and glasses to those in need.
“As an eye care professional, I look forward to my practice’s continued participation in the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program and the ability to offer my patients this unique and environmentally responsible solution to contact lens waste management, especially as so many patients prefer the convenience of daily disposable contact lenses, such as Biotrue ONEday daily disposable lenses,” said Gina Wesley, OD, Complete Eye Care of Medina, MN.
To learn more about the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program and how to register for the program, visit www.BauschRecycles.com.