Maryville Lions Club recycles used eyeglasses.

Lions new boxes
Locally, we collect and recycle about 3600 pairs of used glasses each year for use in other countries and by the Remote Area Medical program.

Our volunteers regularly collect the glasses and deliver them for processing. The glasses are then cleaned, polished, tagged according to prescription, and then catalog for redistribution. Unfortunately, we cannot use broken glasses, or lenses removed from glasses.

Our collection boxes are visible in local businesses all over the area for anyone to drop off used glasses.

eyeglasses donation box

Q: Do you take broken glasses?
A: No. Unfortunately we don’t have a way to repair them.

Q: Do you take eyeglass cases?
A: We don’t recycle them with the glasses but we are in the
process of selling the nicer cases as a way to fund our process of selling the nicer cases as a way to fund our other services.

Q: How do I become a collection site?
A: If you think your business would be a good location for eyeglass collection, email us. We’ll drop off a
collection box and schedule a recurring pickup time.

Q: What do I do if the box gets full before someone comes?
A: Email us and we’ll send someone out right away.