Lions International Recycle for Sight

What to Donate

Not sure what you can donate? Check out our FAQs.

Where to Donate

Find your local donation location or where to post your spectacles.

Why Donate your Spectacles?

Find out what we do with your glasses and where they go.


Lions clubs have been collecting and recycling unwanted pairs of glasses since 1967 and what started as a single club activity has grown to become a nationwide effort with clubs from across the UK collecting millions of pairs of spectacles over the last 35 years.

Spectacles collected every year

Current drop off locations

Countries received glasses from us

Lions Clubs involved

Glasses hanging on a metal rail ready to be recycled by Lions International

Our History

We have been collecting and sorting used spectacles for almost 35 years. Collecting spectacles for recycling was started as a club activity and Chichester Lions have a fantastic legacy in this project. A club activity as far back as 1967, it became a major project for the club in 1980 with a delivery of 700 sorted specs to the Missionary Optical Society in Devon for use in their clinics in Kenya and India.

To respond to the increased demand of people wanting to recycle spectacles we opened a second recycling centre at Lions National Headquarters in Birmingham in October 2022. Today we receive used spectacles from not just Lions clubs but members of the public as well.


Donate your unwanted or unused glasses to Lions Clubs British Isles
and help us make a real difference to people’s sight.

Find your local Lions Drop Off Point

Spectacles collectef for recycling by Lions International

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