Bausch+Lomb has reported that more than five million units of contact lens materials have been recycled by its program’s second anniversary.

The company’s One by One recycling program for used contact lenses, blister packs and top foils is the first of its kind and has diverted a weight of nearly 31,000 pounds of waste away from landfills.

Amy Butler, vice president of Global Environment, Health, Safety + Sustainability at Bausch Health said: ‘Up until two years ago, there wasn't a program that allowed contact lens wearers to properly dispose of or recycle their contact lens materials without ensuring they did not end up in our environment. By providing this solution to eye care professionals and their patients, we are making strides to protect our environment from used contact lens materials and instead turning them into a variety of post-consumer products, such as recycled picnic tables and garden beds.’