Apr 9, 2024 - News

What to do with your eclipse glasses

A photo of two people holding glasses up to their face with trees in the background.

Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Don't throw away those glasses. Here's how you can reduce waste after the eclipse.

  1. Reuse them. Modern eclipse glasses with the correct ISO safety standards do not expire, according to the American Astronomical Society. Just make sure they're not scratched or punctured.
  2. Donate them. The Austin Nature and Science Center, city recreation centers and Austin Public Library branches will accept undamaged solar eclipse glasses. The glasses will be sent to Astronomers Without Borders.
  3. Recycle them. Remove the lenses and recycle the cardboard.

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