Spectacles recycling

Drop your unwanted spectacles in local chemists and opticians where you see the grey Lions swingbin box. 

Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles collect unwanted and damaged spectacles. These are then examined by a team of Lions and other volunteers in a recycling workshop. Sorted pairs of glasses may then be sent for grading and distribution. 

Spectacles can be sent directly to contacts running eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria, and Nepal. In addition, volunteers from the Unite for Sight charity are supplied with spectacles to take with them on missions to countries across the world.  Spectacles are also sent to Gambia for eye camps, the Army working in Mali, and through a variety of independent charities operating in Nigeria, Chad, Tanzania, and Bangladesh.

Chepstow and Caldicot Lions have collected 20,000 pairs of spectacles over the last 10 years from collection sites across the area.