Can you recycle spectacles?

No, you can’t!

How to recycle spectacles at home

Glasses, or spectacles, can not be recycled using household recycling bins. The use of thin and lightweight materials in the production of spectacles, coupled with solid adhesives used to keep each piece together, unfortunately, makes them non-recyclable through regular household waste bins.

  1. You can recycle your glasses by handing yours to your optician for proper disposal or recycling.
  2. Donate or sell your glasses.
  3. You can check with your local recycling centre if they accept them.
  4. Alternatively, you can consult the Waste Hierarchy to find the least wasteful means of disposal for your situation.

How to recycle glasses at your business

  1. Our transport team will arrange a suitable time to collect your non-recyclables.
  2. Your items will be transported via our environmentally friendly Euro 6 Fleet to Northumberland Wharf.
  3. Your waste will bulked together and transported via Barge to a partner energy from waste plant.
  4. Your waste will then be incinerated in Belvidere, with the energy it produces being used to power London via the national grid.



  • Repair and reuse.
  • Donate your spectacles.
  • Find a ‘take-back’ scheme for your spectacles.

Do not

  • Do not put your spectacles in any household bin.

The Dry Mixed Recycling Process

Your material is collected by our Euro 6 fleet

The waste is tipped into our solar-powered MRF

Each material is segregated at our specialised facility

Individual material streams are bulked and baled

Final bulked material is sent to be recycled

The Energy Recovery Process

Your waste is segregated

It is collected by our Euro 6 vehicles

The material is bulked together at our facility in Bow

Barges transport the bulked waste to an energy from waste plant

The waste is incinerated, feeding energy into the National Grid

Facts about glasses

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