Can you recycle your eclipse glasses?

Aug 24, 2017, 02:09
Can you recycle your eclipse glasses?

The eclipse has come and gone - and all you're left with is grainy cell phone pictures and your eclipse glasses.

There are several options! As long as they aren't scratched or punctured, you can save your eclipse glasses as a memento and then break them out in the future. In the meantime, solar eclipse glasses can be mailed to Explore Scientific LLC at 1010 South 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762. All donated items will be given to children in Asia and South America, for them to safely witness the 2019 solar eclipse that will take over their areas.

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Now that the event has passed, Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker are collecting used eclipse glasses and donating them to Astronomers Without Borders and local schools. Astronomers Without Borders, an organization whose aim is to help bring the world together through the love of astronomy and the wonders of the universe, is organizing the drive for the 2019 total solar eclipse.

"What we ask you to do is remove the lens from the cardboard", Collier County recycling coordinator Joseph McClamma said.

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However, many glasses do expire if they're not ISO compliant, so be sure to check yours for an expiration date. Because they're so cheap (if you buy in advance), it probably wouldn't hurt to get a new pair. "Our phone was ringing off the hook and we saw an increase in traffic as everyone in town was looking to purchase solar eclipse glasses for the celestial event", explained Chris Bubenik, Marketing Manager for Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker. It's easy to tell if your eclipse glasses will still be good by checking their ISO standard number. The organization is planning a program to collect the glasses. Astronomers Without Borders will be announcing the details on its Facebook page sooner rather than later, so keep an eye on it and give your glasses a second chance at life. Plastic-framed glasses can't be recycled, according to Earth911.com.

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