Recycling Your Eclipse Glasses – Drop off in Bedford

April 10, 2024
Solar eclipse glasses can get a second life through recycling programs. Glasses can be dropped off at the Bedford library or through students at Bedford schools. Photo by Mike Rosenberg

Whether you watched the eclipse in your backyard, at the Bedford Library, the parking lot of your office or traveled west or north, you may be left with your pair of cardboard solar eclipse glasses.  

People can donate and recycle undamaged and in good condition the solar protective eye wear charitably to supply young students around the world with proper protection when viewing future solar phenomenon. With the help of the Bedford Free Public Library and Bedford schools solar eclipse glasses will be collected and mailed in bulk to Eclipse Glasses USA saving people the trouble of shipping to programs individually.

Noreen O’Gara, Assistant Director, the Bedford Free Public Library, said at the library, “Folks can simply put their glasses on the Circulation counter under the Returns sign. Staff will take them to the collection point in the staff area.” Library hours can be found on the library website at

Parents and caregivers will receive information for dropping off the glasses within the schools. 

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With thousands of glasses handed out through the library and schools, O’Gara is excited about the opportunity to recycle the glasses, support young people around the globe, and pay it forward through the Eclipse Glasses USA program. O’Gara said, “We are delighted that the glasses will have another life and so pleased to work with schools on this.”

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Katie Duval
April 14, 2024 7:43 am

That’s my nephew and sister-in-law! Thanks for capturing that moment, Mike.

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