Recycle Eyeglasses

Through Recycle for Sight, Elburn Lions collect new and gently used eyeglasses sunglasses, hearing aids and cell phones and cell phone chargers.  We have collection boxes to deposit them at the following Elburn locations:

  • Village of Elburn/Police Department – 301 East North Street
  • Town and Country Public Library – 320 East North Street
  • Eyes on Elburn – 135 S Main Street – Dr. Keith Hougas
  • Old Second Bank – 749 North Main Street
  • Old National Bank – 930 North Main Street
  • American Bank – 8 South Main Street
  • Dave’s Barbershop – 112 North Main Street
  • Elburn Lions Park – 500 S Filmore Street

Once collected the glasses are then shipped to the nearest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, where volunteers sort the glasses, clean them and determine their prescription strength. After carefully packaging the refurbished spectacles, Lions store them until they can be distributed, usually through humanitarian missions to developing nations.

Lion volunteers and eye care professionals screen thousands of children and adults during sight missions, providing them—free of charge—with prescription lenses, frames and ultimately a better quality of life. Lions also provide recycled glasses to nonprofit organizations focused on eye care, as well as to optometry college groups, religious organizations and military assistance groups, which also distribute to people in need.

For more information on this program click here.