At the moment, please send only the contact lens blisters to Project 2×2 and dispose of the lens itself and the top foil into the “green bins” to be incinerated.
Currently, technological challenges get in the way of recycling the other components aside from the lens blister.
The lens itself is a very highly specific and complex plastic polymer blend and there is no way to recycle this material currently. The same applies to the blister foil, which is actually a composite material where aluminum is bonded with a film of plastic.
Disposing into the “blue bins” require extra resources for sorting and could eventually end up in landfills instead of being incinerated, whereas items that are in the green bin gets incinerated, which is a slightly better alternative than having it float around landfills.
Although there are people who consider incineration to be recycling. We do not. Unfortunately, there is no better alternative at this time.
We need your help. We would love to speak to technology companies and research institutes that can help us expand Project 2×2 so that we can incorporate other materials into our collections in a way that is both effective and transparent. If you work for, or know people that can help, we’d love to connect – please get in touch at 2×firstname.lastname@example.org.