Singapore’s first Contact Lens Recycling Initiative
Capitol Optical™ Contact Lens Recycle Program
Due to high myopia development in children in Singapore, soft contact lens is one of the Myopia Treatment Option that Singaporean parents chose for the children, which is contributing more and more in the contact lens waste.⁽³⁾
As medical devices, contact lenses are specifically designed to withstand harsh environments, and therefore they don't biodegrade easily⁽⁵⁾. 97% of plastic contact lenses and packaging was either thrown in the bin or flushed down the toilet instead of being recycled⁽⁶⁾.
Disposable contact lenses present a potential physical threat to aquatic and terrestrial environments and may contribute to micro-plastic pollution⁽⁷⁾.
The amount of contact lens waste generated in Singapore per month is estimate to be heavier than 34 Great White Shark!!!⁽⁸⁾
Do your part for the environment by recycling contact lens packaging.
Contact lens packaging that is not disposed of properly may end up in the environment, break down into micro-plastics and enter our ecosystem and food supply.
Contact Lens is classified as Class II and Class III Medical Devices since 1976⁽⁹⁾ which its suitable packaging were sterilised to hygiene and biocompatible⁽¹⁰⁾. While it is forbidden to recycle contact lenses returned from the market for any reason, its packaging is made from sanitised Aluminium and Polypropylene which are in an excellent condition to recycle.
|Material||Material uses ||What can it be recycled into?|
|Aluminium||Contact lens lids, cans, foil lids, wrappers kitchen foil, Smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc..||Bike parts, car parts, steel beams, rebar, appliances, cans, etc.. (7)|
|Polypropylene||Contact lenses blister packaging, contact lens cases, medicine bottles, straws, ketchup bottles, bottle caps, packing tape, furniture, luggage, toys, bumpers||Bins, rakes, bicycle racks, ice scrapers, brushes, brooms, signal lights, etc.. (8)|
Contact lens lids, cans, foil lids, wrappers kitchen foil, Smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc..
Contact lenses blister packaging, contact lens cases, medicine bottles, straws, ketchup bottles, bottle caps, packing tape, furniture, luggage, toys, bumpers
Collect this bag from us at any Capitol Optical Boutique. One bag can contains up to 60 pcs blisters and 60pcs foil lids.
Step 1: Return
Fill the bag you received with your used blisters and foils. Note: Blisters & Foils have to be separated for clean recycling.
Step 2: Recycle
Drop your bag at any Capitol Optical Boutique or any of our participating Partners’ Collection Point.
Step 3: Reward
Hop on to MyCAPITOL Rewards to review your voucher saved in your member account.
Not only you’re receiving one voucher each bag, we are holding lucky draw every month. One bag equal to one entry. Recycle more and stand a chance to win in our monthly contest.
We have a number of stores that will be happy to help you recycle our empty packaging. Check out our locations and find your nearest store to collect our beautiful recycling bag today.
Your blisters and foils are delivered to our local recyclers.
In the recycling plant, they are melted into plastics that can be up-cycled and given a second life into different assets such as...
... this bag here! Or bins, rakes, bicycle racks, ice scrapers, brushes, brooms, signal lights
Capitol Optical cares for eye health and environment. We make the world we live in. We strive to deliver an extraordinary experience while creating greater value for society and the environment. Therefore, we’re pleased to announce our partnership with National Environment Agency®, Sembcorp® and CHP Law Llc® with the Eye For Earth Recycling Programme.
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