One piece of plastic that is consistently flushed down the lavatory pan is the contact lens.
An estimated 3.7 million people in the UK wear plastic contact lenses, of which 20% admit to disposing their lenses down the sink or toilet.
77% of British contact lens wearers said they would recycle their contact lenses if they could
Now a free national recycling scheme for plastic contact lenses has been launched. Contact lens users can drop off their used lenses, blister packs, foil packaging etc at Boots Opticians or selected independent stores.
“77% of British contact lens wearers said they would recycle their contact lenses if they could, and we share their interest in reducing the amount of plastics in the environment,” stated Sandra Rasche, of Johnson & Johnson Medical. “We are committed to doing our part to combat climate change, protect our planet’s natural resources and reduce waste.”