Now that the eclipse obsession is over, what do people do with all those leftover pairs of solar eclipse glasses?
The cardboard frames can be recycled, but you have to tear out the solar filter lens part first. To try to recycle the lenses, you’ll have to hunt down a camera store that processes film … which sounds like a lot of work to the guys. Brad Staggs had the story as part of Wednesday’s headlines on “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
“We now have a glut, as in bazillions, of un-needed eclipse glasses,” Brad explained. “We don’t want them in a landfill, do we?”
“Is that the official number: bazillions?” Kris Cruz asked jokingly.
If you got the sturdier plastic frames, you may just want to save them for the next big eclipse event in 2024 since they can’t be recycled. NASA advised that “if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely.”
According to Lifehacker, donating is also an option; Astronomers without Borders is a group collecting donated glasses to give to students in Asia and South America when an eclipse is visible in their area in 2019.
The 2024 eclipse is expected to have peaks of more than 4 minutes and should be visible in the U.S. in a diagonal path from Texas to Maine, CNN reported.