Best ways to dispose eclipse glasses post-eclipse

OSWEGO, N.Y. — In the wake of the total solar eclipse, viewers have eclipse glasses they no longer have use for. 

If you plan on throwing away your eclipse glasses, make sure you separate the lenses from the cardboard frame. According to St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR), the frames should be recycled in a cardboard recycling bin, however, the lenses are not recyclable and should be thrown away.

But throwing them into a recycling bin is not the only way someone can dispose of their pair of glasses. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology you can also:

  • Reuse them for another solar eclipse within the glasses’ three-year expiration period.
  • Donate the eclipse glasses so they can be used for an eclipse in another part of the world.
  • The glasses can be donated to Astronomers Without Borders who collected tens of thousands of glasses that were distributed in South America, Asia and Africa.
  • They can also be donated to Eclipse Glasses USA who collect undamaged eclipse glasses and ship them to countries with upcoming eclipse events.

In order to have your glasses donated, make sure there are no scratches, punctures or tears in the lenses.