Spectacle recycling

Donate your unwanted or damaged spectacles in Bungay for recycling.

Bungay Area Lions Club collects unwanted and damaged spectacles for recycling.

Our collection points in Bungay can be found at:

  • The Co-operative, Hillside Road East, Bungay NR35 1RX
  • Bungay Community Library, Wharton Street, Bungay NR35 1EL
  • D.R. Grey Opticians, 8 Market Place, Bungay NR35 1AW


Recycling spectacles

The spectacles we collect are sent onto Chichester Lions Club which processes tens of thousands of recycled spectacles each year. All donations are examined by a team of Lions and other volunteers in the recycling workshop. Sorted spectacles may then be sent for grading and distribution by Medico France in Le Havre.

Spectacles are also sent directly to contacts running eye clinics in Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Nigeria and Nepal. In addition, volunteers from the ‘Unite for Sight’ charity are supplied with spectacles to take with them on missions to countries across the world.

Supporting local sight related projects

Scrap metal salvaged from broken and unsuitable spectacles raises funds which support the sorting operation and enable financial support to be given to eye related projects in the UK and overseas. Since the project began over £675k has been generated from recycled materials with over £486k donated to sight related charitable causes.

As the spectacle recycling project is a national effort among Lions Clubs across the British Isles, local projects benefit from these funds. To date, over £76k has been donated to projects proposed by various Lions Clubs.