Kirkcaldy optician chips into 50-tonnes of recycled specs and eye care materials

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An opticians in Kirkcaldy has helped to contribute to recycling more than 50 tonnes of glasses and eye care materials that customers have dropped off.

The total was unveiled by Specsavers at 201 High Street as part of Recycle Week. It also marked reaching the significant milestone of recycling the equivalent of one million pairs of glasses, at stores across the UK, since the initiative began in August 2022.

Teaming up with recycling experts MYgroup, collection points have been available in store for customers to recycle their unwanted specs and contact lens packaging.

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Kathryn Thompson, store director at Specsavers Kirkcaldy, said: “To have contributed to such a huge overall total is brilliant and we want to continue to recycle as much as we can to help reduce the amount of waste to landfill.”

The items are sent to MYgroup’s recycling plant. Glasses and contact lenses are repurposed into a wide range of items such as furniture, waste binds and indoor/outdoor play centres.

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