Dispose of Eyeglasses Right

Eyeglasses can be donated to local community service organizations that will distribute them to people in need. National organizations like Lions Clubs, OneSightVSP Global Eyes of Hope and other service groups accept them for reuse. 


Lions in Sight, located in California and Nevada, accepts eyeglasses, sunglasses (prescription and non-prescription), broken eyeglass parts, and clip-on sunglasses with metal parts through a mail-back program. See details


For donations of regular eyeglasses, see the list of Donation Locations below.


Solar Eclipse Glasses

Due to the mixed material nature of eclipse-viewing glasses (cardstock and solar film), the glasses are not recyclable curbside.


The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is collaborating with Astronomers Without Borders to collect eclipse glasses at upcoming solar eclipse events in Cuyahoga County. Collected glasses will be vetted for quality and then sent to Astronomers Without Borders for reuse at future solar eclipse events worldwide. Any glasses that are damaged/not reusable will be taken to a local specialty recycler capable of separating the solar film from the paper cardstock. 

Collection locations will be set up throughout Cuyahoga County. See the location list below. If your organization would like to serve as a collection point following the April 8, 2024 total eclipse event, contact us for more information about setting up a temporary collection bin. Download our printable signs for collection bins 9.5 x 9.5 and 8.5 x 11 or by sending an email.


See the instructions on preparing your collected eclipse glasses for drop-off. We are accepting ECLIPSE GLASSES ONLY. Please do not include event flyers, stickers, merchandise, or other giveaways from your event.

Eclipse glasses not taken to a special drop-off can be stored for reuse or placed in the trash for proper disposal. 


** Solar Eclipse Glasses Drop-off Locations **

  • All branches of Cleveland Public Libraries. Drop box available until May 3. Find a library branch.
  • Cleveland: Cuyahoga County Administration HQ, 2079 East 9th Street. Drop box in the main lobby April 9-April 23, Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
  • Cleveland: Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, 2600 S. Park Boulevard. Drop box available until April 30.
  • Euclid: City of Euclid Municipal Center, 585 East 222nd Street. Drop box available until April 30.
  • Garfield Heights: Solid Waste District HQ, 4750 East 131 Street. Drop-off Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.
  • Lyndhurst: Lobby of Lyndhurst City Hall, 5301 Mayfield Road. Drop box available until May 31.
  • Rocky River: Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton Road. Drop box at the library for a few weeks following the eclipse event.
  • Shaker Heights: Shaker Heights Public Library. Drop box at the library for a few weeks following the eclipse event.



Looking to recycle, donate or dispose of other items? Use the dark blue 'What Do I Do With?' search bar at the top of every page of this website. Allow location services or use the city drop-down to find opportunities in your local area.