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Eyeglass Recycling

Collecting used eyeglasses and preparing for eye care projects in the Third World is the focus of TWECS. TWECS teams travel to developing countries and provide basic eye care and distribute recycled eyeglasses to the poor.
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Through the passage of many hands in eye clinics, optical stores, churches, and service clubs like the Lions Clubs and the Knights of Columbus, donated eyeglasses reach the TWECS warehouse. A space generously donated by the Burnaby-Lougheed Lions Club to accommodate the Monday night volunteers and the tens of thousands of used eyeglasses. > See Warehouse Location

The Warehouse Story  (Click image to enlarge)

 

Arrival station...Hundreds of boxes and bags of used eyeglasses from across BC and Canada wait to be processed by volunteers.

 

The first sort begins with volunteers separating the hundreds of used glasses into a box for men?s, a box for women?s and a box for children?s glasses. The eyeglasses are further separated into farsighted from nearsighted boxes.

 

Next the sorted eyeglasses are washed in an industrial restaurant dishwasher...

 

and then air dried.

 

Lensometry... the cleaned and sorted glasses have both lenses measured in an instrument called a lensometer a volunteer writes the prescription on a label and the glasses are individually bagged and ready for the final sort. Four volunteers at a time can neutralize hundreds of eyeglasses on a Monday night.

 

After the final sort, tubs of similiar glasses, bagged and neutralized within a .25D sphere power are now ready to be catalogued for shipping with a TWECS eye team on the next project anywhere in the world.


Recycling Warehouse Location

Help us process the newly arrived glasses. We meet every Monday evening at 7:00pm in the basement of Burnaby-Lougheed Lions Club at:
7420 Mulberry in Burnaby
off 16th and Cariboo Rd.

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Volunteer With Recycling


Help us collect and recycle eyeglasses for the poor in the Third World.

Help us process the newly arrived glasses. We meet every Monday evening at 7:00pm in the basement of Burnaby-Lougheed Lions Club at 7420 Mulberry in Burnaby, off 16th and Cariboo Rd.
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Contact Alf Vogel, email: vogelalfred@hotmail.com for questions or interest in volunteering at the eyeglass warehouse.

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