Eclipse glasses recycling program to be offered

Aug 24, 2017, 02:17
Eclipse glasses recycling program to be offered

They'll have a collection box right outside their building, where you can drop them off during normal business hours from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 11002 Kingston Pike, Suite 204, Knoxville, TN 37934.

One thing you may not want to do, is stash them away for the next solar eclipse in 2024. In the days leading up to the big event, eclipse glasses were the hottest item in town. For instance, public libraries dispersed 2.1 million pairs of eclipse-viewing glasses prior to the big event on August 21. The next one goes across the South Pacific and South America on July 22, 2019.

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There's also another total solar eclipse even before 2024. "We have corporate partners who will be receiving and processing them for us", AWB says on its website.

Or you can donate your glasses to be shared with schools in South America, where the next total solar eclipse will take place in just a couple of years.

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And some entrepreneurs are still cashing in on the eclipse by selling them on Craigslist, as "gently-used" or as collectible items used in an historic event.

Of course, the Great American Eclipse of 2017 was a huge deal, and some might feel some sentimental value toward their glasses. In exchange, community members will receive a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more for each pair of glasses ($5 off any purchase of $20 or more at Frugal Backpacker). However, those guidelines may be outdated, according to NASA. The companies are listed here or they'll have an ISO number of 2312-2.

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"Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old", NASA said in a statement. Donated glasses do not have to be those sold by the stores; they could have been purchased from any retailer.

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