Recycling your specs
By Stour & Avon Magazine | Friday, June 21, 2013, 11:00
NEW glasses can be expensive and are quite unaffordable in many parts of the world. Old glasses are often thrown away, but they can be recycled.
Members of Lions with the 22,000 pairs of specs
Wimborne and Ferndown Lions, along with other Lions clubs, have been collecting unwanted pairs of specs which are then refurbished, cleaned and graded and prepared for distribution in third world countries where eye care is often unavailable and lens making facilities are non-existent.
This year Wimborne and Ferndown Lions have provided the local collection centre. The club themselves have collected 3,700 pairs and the total assembled from our area is over 22,000 pairs. Bournemouth, Boscombe, Christchurch, Lymington, Poole and Ringwood & Fordingbridge Lions Clubs all contributed. The club would like to thank the local opticians and doctor's surgeries who have contributed to the collecting process.
*It has been calculated that the cost of the scheme - paid by the Lions- is around 5p per pair