Spectacles Recycling

* Spectacle Recycling is currently not in operation, if you have any questions please contact us*

If you have just a few pairs of spectacles that you would like to donate, check with your optician whether they collect them as many of our Lions Clubs have collection bins, and send them to us in bulk. 

To avoid unnecessary handling, we would be grateful if you would not include the following:

  • Cases other than those in excellent condition.
  • Loose lenses
  • Broken or empty plastic frames
  • Cleaning cloths

What Happens

All the specs you send us are sorted by a team of Lions and other volunteers in a small workshop at the Apuldram Centre. 

Sorted spectacles are graded by Medico France in Le Havre.

We have shipped spectacles directly to known contacts undertaking eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria and Nepal.

We support volunteers from the ‘Unite for Sight’ charity with a supply of spectacles to take with them on missions to countries across the world.


Funds from Recycling

Recycling of scrap material from broken and unsuitable spectacles yields funds which support the sorting operation and enable Lions Clubs International to give financial support to eye related projects in the UK and overseas.

Since the project began LCI have generated over £675k from recycled materials and have donated over £486k to sight related charitable causes. We encourage Lions Clubs in the UK to nominate projects in their local areas in recognition of the fact that the project is a national effort. Since the project began there has been over £76k donated to projects proposed to us by other Lions Clubs.