Singapore’s first Contact Lens Recycling Initiative
Capitol Optical™ Contact Lens Recycle Program
Due to the widespread development of childhood myopia in Singapore, parents opt for soft contact lenses as a Myopia Treatment Option. This solution is effective if managing myopia however it inadvertently contributes to contact lens packaging waste.⁽³⁾
As contact lenses are classified a medical device, the packaging is specifically designed to withstand harsh environments and therefore, they don't biodegrade easily⁽⁵⁾. 97% of plastic contact lenses packaging was thrown in the waste bin 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 estimated to be heavier than the weight of 34 Great White Sharks!!!⁽⁸⁾
Do your part for the environment by recycling your 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⁾. It's packaging must be sterilised for hygienic purposes.⁽¹⁰⁾. While it is forbidden to recycle contact lenses from the market for any reason, its packaging made from sanitised Aluminium and Polypropylene are excellent materials 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 lens 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 contain up to 60 blisters and 60 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.
Receive a thank you voucher whenever you drop off a full bag at any Capitol Optical store and stand a chance to win our lucky draw. One bag equals one entry. The more you recycle, the higher your chances of winning!
All our Capitol Optical stores are stocked with recycling bags. Check out our locations and find your nearest store to collect your 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 our environment. We make the world we live in. We strive to deliver an extraordinary experience while creating greater value for society and the environment. We are pleased to announce our partnership with National Environment Agency®, Sembcorp® and CHP Law Llc® in the Eye For Earth Recycling Programme.
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