The ONE by ONE Recycling Program FAQs


What is the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program?


The Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program allows used contact lenses and packaging to be recycled properly, with the goal of reducing landfill waste associated with contact lenses. It is the first sponsored contact lens recycling program from Bausch + Lomb and TerraCycle, a global leader in recycling hard-to-recycle waste.

The program was inspired by the green efforts of the Bausch + Lomb daily disposable manufacturing facility in Waterford, Ireland. In recent years, the facility has made strides in developing a more sustainable approach to reducing waste.

In the United States, Bausch + Lomb continues to dedicate efforts to reducing waste and energy consumption, with the establishment of over 60 recycling streams, and the installation of a solar array at the facility in Rochester, NY.

Why can’t I recycle my contact lenses with my other plastic/recyclable items?


Due to the size of contact lenses and their packaging, these materials get filtered out at recycling facilities and directed to the waste stream, contributing to landfills across the United States.

What can I send in through this recycling program?


You can recycle waste associated with contact lenses, including:

  1. Contact lenses

  2. Top foil

  3. Opened plastic blister packs
    Unopened blister packs are not accepted through this program and should not be included in your shipment.


Please note: Bausch + Lomb contact lens cardboard boxes are recyclable through regular municipal recycling. Please do not include them in your shipments through this program.

Can I only recycle Bausch + Lomb contact lens brands?


You may collect any brand of contact lens waste for this recycling program.

Do I need to clean the contact lens waste before I send it in?


No, you do not need to clean the waste before sending it to TerraCycle. However, please remove as much of the liquid from blister packs as possible before shipping.

How do I ship the waste to TerraCycle?


You may drop off your waste at your eye doctor’s office or print a free shipping label at BauschRecycles.com. After placing your waste in a sealed cardboard box, you can drop it off at a UPS location or schedule a pickup to ship from home.

Does my shipment have to weigh a certain amount before I can send it in?


No, your shipment can be any size.

What happens to the contact lens waste?


Once received, the contact lenses and blister packs are separated and cleaned. The metal layers of the blister packs are recycled separately, while the contact lenses and plastic blister pack components are melted into plastic that can be remolded to make recycled products.

Why should I participate?


Participating in the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program benefits our environment by reducing the amount of waste deposited to landfills across the country.

As a thank you for your dedication, a $1 donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight for every pound of accepted packaging sent through this program.




Additional FAQs for professionals participating in the ONE by ONE Recycling Program in their offices: 


How do I participate in the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program?


In order to participate, you first need to set up an account. Visit BauschRecycles.com and select the “Get Started” button. You will be directed to the TerraCycle website, where you will be asked to fill out a brief form to create your account. After your account is created, click on the "Join Program for Free" button to enroll in the ONE by ONE Recycling Program. Once registered, contact your Bausch + Lomb sales representative to order recycling kit materials and set up your office as an official ONE by ONE Recycling Center.

How do patients participate?


After becoming an official ONE by ONE Recycling Center, you can invite patients to return to your office and drop off their collected contact lens waste. Patients also have the option of shipping their waste from home by visiting BauschRecycles.com and printing a free prepaid shipping label.

Who can participate in the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program?


All eye care practitioners and their patients are encouraged to participate. Unfortunately, offices located in Alaska and Hawaii are unable to participate at this time.

How do I ship the waste to TerraCycle?


When you are ready to send in contact lens waste, empty the contents from your ONE by ONE recycling bin into a separate cardboard box for shipping. Visit terracycle.com/bauschrecyclesinoffice to log into your account, and click on "Ship us your waste" to print a free, prepaid shipping label. You can drop off your sealed cardboard box at a UPS location or schedule a pickup to ship from your office.

Why should I participate?


Your patients are interested in efforts that help create a more sustainable environment. Show them you are, too, by becoming an official ONE by ONE Recycling Center. Participating in the Bausch + Lomb ONE by ONE Recycling Program benefits our environment by reducing the amount of contact lens waste deposited to landfills across the country.

As a thank you for your dedication, a $1 donation will be made to Optometry Giving Sight for every pound of accepted packaging sent through this program.



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