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Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program Reports Over 180,000 Units of Contact Lenses and Blister Packs Saved from Landfills Since Program Launch


Recycling Program Continues Momentum with Consumer Event Celebrating Earth Week in New York City

 

FOR RELEASE MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017 


BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, today announced that over 180,000 units of used contact lenses and blister packs have been recycled through the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program. To date, over 1,800 optometry offices have signed up to recycle used contact lenses and blister packs through this unique and free program, developed by Bausch + Lomb, in collaboration with TerraCycle, a world leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.

“We are thrilled by the positive feedback and participation the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program has received since launch,” said John Ferris, vice president and general manager, U.S. Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb. “We look forward to the continued success of this program and helping it grow to inspire others to take ONE small step to ONE day create a greener future.”  

Bausch + Lomb will educate consumers about the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program during an Earth Day celebration (April 18), hosted by Earth Day Initiative, a not-for-profit that promotes environmental awareness through year-round programs and partnerships with schools, businesses and governments, in Union Square, New York City. Consumers will be invited to learn how they can recycle their used contact lenses and blister packs through the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program as well as how their waste will help support national charitable organization, Optometry Giving Sight.

“Our team is proud to have a sponsor like Bausch + Lomb that is making efforts to be more responsible in their manufacturing processes,” said Earth Day Initiative Executive Director, John Oppermann. “We hope that consumers will feel compelled to get involved in this unique program and help to preserve our environment for future generations.”  

 

Through the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program, contact lens wearers can recycle their used Biotrue® ONEday contact lenses and blister packs, as well as other contact lenses and blister packs at no cost to them. This program is the first sponsored contact lens recycling program from Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle, and for each pound of waste that is recycled through the program, Bausch + Lomb will make a $1 donation to Optometry Giving Sight.     

Visit www.BauschRecycles.com to learn more about the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program.

About Earth Day Initiative:

Earth Day Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which aims to make Earth Day more than a one-day event or annual environmental wake-up call by engaging people in important sustainability work and initiatives throughout the year. The organization’s mission is to carry the enthusiasm and spirit of Earth Day into the 21st Century to meet today's environmental challenges. It does so through year-round sustainability programs, annual large-scale Earth Day events, and partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses, and governments. Its programs include high-profile environmental campaigns, corporate sustainability initiatives, a sustainable food guide, a school gardens program, and a green building publication.

 

About TerraCycle
Founded in 2001, TerraCycle, Inc., a world leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, ranging from used chip bags to coffee capsules to cigarette butts. The waste is collected through free, national, brand-funded recycling programs, as well as various consumer and government-funded models. The collected waste is reused, upcycled or recycled into a variety of affordable, sustainable consumer products and industrial applications. Each year, across 20 countries, TerraCycle collects and repurposes billions of pieces of waste, donating millions of dollars to schools and charities in the process. To learn more about TerraCycle, please visit www.terracycle.com.

About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb, a Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. company, is a leading global eye health organization that is solely focused on protecting, enhancing and restoring people’s eyesight. Our core businesses include over-the-counter supplements, eye care products, ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, contact lenses, lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments. We develop, manufacture and market one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in our industry, which is available in more than 100 countries.

Biotrue is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated or its affiliates.
© 2017 Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.


 

 

News Media Contacts:

Kristy Marks
Director, Corporate Communications, Bausch + Lomb

(908) 927-0683 or kristy.marks@bausch.com

 

 

Don Murphy

Zeno Group, on behalf of Bausch + Lomb

(212) 299-8970 or don.murphy@zenogroup.com

 


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