Solar Glasses Recycling And Distribution

HELP SEND YOUR GLASSES AROUND THE WORLD!

The eclipse was an AMAZING sight now you want to share it by donating your glasses.

Check out our list of collection partners and find out where you can mail them or drop them off.

Want to get more involved?
Have your organization become a Collection Partner. You'll be responsible for collecting, vetting and storing the glasses. Click here for more details about what it entails or go ahead and sign up TODAY!

Are you interested in donating glasses?

If you are interested in donating your glasses, please read the FAQs below. You can also Click here to find a collection partner near you! Please only send glasses to the organizations on the list.

Please do NOT send any eclipse glasses to our Calabasas address. We are unable to receive glasses there. Thank you for understanding!

FAQ

What happens to my glasses? Where will they go?

Your glasses will be vetted for safety and authenticity at your regional hub, and then packaged and stored for future distribution. There are 2 solar eclipses per year and we will be actively seeking homes for the glasses. 

How likely is it that these solar glasses will find new homes to be reused?

Very likely. The issue is not finding homes, it's timing and that really depends on how many vetted glasses we will receive and when. We collected millions of glasses from the 2017 eclipse, vetted down to 300,000 and now all of them have been distributed.

Where do I send them?

Please refer to our collection center list to find the location closest to you.

How can I tell if they’re safe to reuse?

Look at the integrity of the lenses and their housings. The lenses need to be free of punctures, scratches, and bends, and the housing, whether plastic or cardboard, needs to be in good shape.

When looking through the glasses, the only visible thing should be the sun and other light sources as bright as the sun (such as a bright-white LED bulb, including the flashlight on your smartphone.) All else should be black. 

Will you resell them or will they be donated?

All glasses will be donated to future users. No glasses will be resold.

How should I package the glasses that I send?

If you are sending a small number of glasses, it is probably best to use a padded envelope to prevent crushing. For larger amounts, placing them in a cardboard box is fine, though you may wish to gently wrap them in tissue paper.

What if I still have questions?

If you have more questions about donating glasses, please email us at donateglasses@astronomerswithoutborders.org

Solar Eclipse Argentina December 2020

From One Solar Eclipse to Another - AWB is THERE.

Sending Solar Glasses to Build Community

Astronomers Without Borders has been sending solar glasses for annular and total solar eclipse since 2008. From Africa, Asia, North and South America, our members, partners and National Coordinators helped to bring glasses to people who may not otherwise have a safe way to view the eclipse directly. Travellers from the United States graciously volunteered to bring them in their luggage and hand them out to local educators and organizers of public viewing events. 

Recycling Donated Glasses

Building a community beyond time and place - glasses that once allowed Americans to witness the 2017 Great American Eclipse built bridges to individuals all over the world!

Millions of donated glasses turned into a few hundred thousand that were vetted for reusability.

Tens of thousands were then sent to South America, Asia, Africa and South America again. Seven years after the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, we have dispensed all the glasses that were entrusted to us from generous Americans who sent them to us at their own expense. 

Building on Past Success

AWB is committed to continue sending glasses to those who need them for outreach and educational programs around the world.  AWB is currently searching for funding to support this program for the April 8, 2024 North American total solar eclipse.

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 Are you interested in helping us collect glasses?

Consider participating in our eclipse glasses recycling program by becoming a collection and vetting hub.

Collecting and vetting of solar glasses after 2017 total solar eclipse across the United States

To sign up, fill out this Collection Node Form

FAQ

What’s the process of vetting the glasses?

Basically, you will be looking at the integrity of the lens and the housing of the lenses. The lenses need to be made sure to be free of punctures, scratches and bends and the housing, whether it be plastic or cardboard, need to be in good shape.

It’s an easy visual process where each pair of glasses needs to be inspected. While easy, it can be tedious. Each pair will take about 1/2 a minute to inspect on average.

How long do you expect the glasses to be stored?

We are asking that your facility hold the glasses from a few months to years. The reason being is that there are only 2 solar eclipses per year. Please be assured that we will be actively seeking homes for the glasses. So you may be called upon to send your glasses any time of the year as many will be used for solar observation and education as well.

Who is responsible for the shipping costs?

AWB is happy to provide the shipping fees for your vetted glasses. Many of our beneficiaries find their own funding to receive your generous donation of time and resources. We are also actively trying to seeking funding as well as partnerships with governments and embassies for getting your glasses to their new homes. You are very welcome to fund the shipping yourself. This can expedite their distribution as well.

How likely is it that these solar glasses will find new homes to be reused?

Very likely. The issue is not finding homes, it's timing and that really depends on how many vetted glasses we will receive and when. We collected millions of glasses from the 2017 eclipse, vetted down to 300,000 and now all of them have been distributed.

Does Astronomers Without Borders provide any collection bins and signs?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide physical resources at this time. However, you can download logos in our community member forum.

Is there a limit to the number of glasses that we can collect to be reused/redistributed?

We have not set limits to how many you can collect. We really leave that up to the collection nodes as this is a resource-based question. Questions you may want to ask your organization is: How many volunteers do you think you'll be able to recruit? How much space can you spare to store the glasses?

How much space will the glasses take?

To give you a good idea of the space needed to store the vetted glasses - when packed side-by-side, a 18x12x6 cardboard box will hold 2000 glasses. So, 50,000 glasses will make 25 boxes. Please note that you will be able to stack the filled boxes.

If you have more questions about the collection process, please contact us at collectionnode@astronomerswithoutborders.org

If you are interested in financially supporting this global program, please donate to our fundraiser here.

Note: AWB is a registered US 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

 

Collection Partners

Are you looking for a place to donate your glasses? Here's our list of Collection Partners that can vet and store them! The list is alphabetized by state and then by city. 

Come back and check often; our list is growing!

United States
State Organization Name Address
National Warby Parker

240+ Retail Outlets  (Find a Store

Please, no bulk or mailed donations  

Arkansas Little Rock Zoo
Arkansas Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative
211 W Hickory St, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
California Lauren Maddock
3413 Pageant Dr, Sacramento, CA 95826
Connecticut Bethel Public Library
189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801
Connecticut Ethan Allen
135 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019
Connecticut Hall Memorial Library
93 Main Street, PO Box 280, Ellington, CT 06029
Connecticut Shelton Gift Boutique
480 Howe Ave., Shelton, CT 06485
Florida Long Key Nature Center - Broward County Parks & Recreation
3501 SW 130th Ave, Davie, FL 33330
Florida Jefferson County R.J. Bailar Public Library
375 S Water St, Monticello, FL 32344
Georgia  Teasley Elementary (Cobb County School)
3640 Spring Hill Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30080
Illinois Morton West High School
2400 West Home Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
Illinois Carbondale Public Library
405 West Main, Carbondale, IL  62901
Illinois Disability Resources and Educational Services at University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
1207 S Oak Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Illinois Elk Grove Village Public Library
1001 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Illinois City of Johnston City
100 W. Broadway, Johnston City, IL 629651
Illinois Marquette Heights Public Library
715 Lincoln Road, Marquette Heights, IL 61554
Illinois Illinois State University Office of Sustainability
305 N School Street, Normal, Illinois 61761
Illinois Lewis University
Physics Department, Lewis University, 1 University Pkwy, Romeoville, IL 60446
Illinois Illinois Space Grant Consortium/ University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Heidi Bjerke, 306J Talbot Laboratory, MC -236, 104 S. Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Indiana Persimmon Tree Foods and Gifts
680 S US HWY 231, Bloomfield, IN 47424
Indiana WonderLab Museum 
Attn: Kate Seader: 308 W 4th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
Indiana Centerville Green Club
507 Willow Grove Rd, Centerville. IN 47330
Indiana East Chicago Public Library
East Chicago Public Library
ATTN: Public Relations Dept. 
2401 E Columbus Drive, East Chicago, IN 46312
Indiana Elkhart Environmental Center
1717 E Lusher Ave, Elkhart, IN 46516
Indiana It Takes A Village Rescue
417 N. Stockwell Road, Evansville, IN 47715

Indiana

Vessel Refillery FW

10376 Leo Road, Suite G, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Indiana

Johnson County Recycling District

900 Arvin Drive, Suite A, Franklin, IN 46131

Indiana

Dubois County Solid Waste District (Dubois County only, please)

drop off hours 8-1 M-F at

1103 S 350 W., Jasper, IN
or
mail:  1187 S. St. Charles St., Jasper, IN 47546

Indiana

Solid Waste District of La Porte County

2857 W State Road 2, La Porte, Indiana 46350

Indiana Marshall County Solid Waste Management District

1900 Walter Glaub Drive, Plymouth, IN 46563

Kentucky Lexington Public Library

140 E Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507

Kentucky Rowan County Public Library

175 Beacon Hill Rd., Morehead, KY 40351

Maine Thomas Memorial Library

6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

Maine Thompson Free Library

186 E. Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426

Maine Freeport Harraseeket Grange No9

13 Elm Street, Freeport, Maine 04033

Maine Body & Sole LLC

136 Center Street, Suite 300, Old Town, ME 04468

Maryland Collection Node Volunteer Site 1306 Holliben Road, Severna Park, MD 21146
Massachusetts Holyoke Public Library 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040
Massachusetts Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950
Michigan Albion College Physics Department, Albion College, 611 E Porter St., Albion, MI, 49224
Michigan Harbor Country Mission 9600 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman, Michigan 49106
Michigan New Journey UMC 302 Cedar St, Niles, MI 49120
Missouri Brooks Ruth A 1308 Green Mist Dr, Fenton, MO 63026
Missouri Schillers Camera 9240 Manchester Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63144
Missouri Somewhere on the Lake 629 E Kearney St, Springfield, MO 65803
Missouri Juvenile Office 120 S. Church St., Union, MO 63084
New Hampshire REI - Bedford store only Drop-ins only 
New Hampshire Nutfield Eye Associates 43 Birch St., Derry NH 03038
New Hampshire Goodwin Library Goodwin Library, 422 Main St, Farmington, NH 03835
New Hampshire Keene Public Library 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH 03431
New Hampshire Bank of New Hampshire 62 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246
New Jersey Salem High School 219 Walnut Street, Salem, NJ 08079
New Jersey Summit Free Public Library 75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901
New Jersey Ocean County Library 101 Washington St, Toms River, NJ 08573
New York University at Buffalo  20 Sprague Rd, Amherst, NY 14260
New York Clifton Springs YMCA
Attention: Sarah Janas: 10 Crane Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432
New York Germantown Library (for questions: communication@germantownlibrary.org)
Att: Solar Eclipse Glasses: 31 Palatine Park Road, Germantown, NY 12526
New York Half Hollow Hills High School West
375 Wolf Hill Rd. Dix Hills, NY 11746
New York Collection Node Volunteer
137-29 70th Road, Flushing, NY 11367
New York Hanford Baykeepers
1212 Stewart Ave., Hanford Bay, Silver Creek, NY 14136 
New York Hannibal Free Library
PO Box 174, 162 Oswego Street, Hannibal, NY 13074
New York Kenco outfitters
1000 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingston, NY 12401
New York Round Lake Library

Malta Branch, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta, NY 12020

Drop-off hours M-F: 10 am - 8 pm & Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

New York Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Laffey International Realty
465 Rt. 25A, Miller Place, NY 11764
New York Northport-East Northport Public Library
Please contact: library@nenpl.org
New York Ogdensburg Public Library
312 Washington Street, Ogdensburg, New York 13669
New York Pearl River Public Library
80 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River, NY 10965
New York Rochester Science Museum
RMSC, 657 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
New York Round Lake Library

Clark House, 31 Wesley Ave, PO Box 665, Round Lake, NY 12151

Drop-off hours M-F: 10 am - 8 pm & Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

New York Rouses Point Dodge Memorial Library 144 Lake Street, Rouses Point, NY 12979
New York The Saranac Laboratory Museum
89 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
New York Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
New York Saugerties Public Library
91 Washington Ave, Saugerties, NY 12477
New York Congregation Gates of Heaven
852 Ashmore Ave., Schenectady, NY 12308
New York Woodstock Public Library District
5 Library Lane, Woodstock, NY 12498
Ohio Fig and Oak 100 W. Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805
Ohio Barberton Public Library 602 West Park Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203-2458
Ohio Bowling Green City Schools 1079 Fairview, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Ohio Washington-Centerville Public Library 1111 W Spring Valley Rd., Centerville, OH 45458
Ohio Redeemer Christian School 2141 5th Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio  44221
Ohio Carnegie Public Library 219 E 4th St., East Liverpool, OH 43920
Ohio The City of Grandview Heights and Sustainable Grandview 1515 Goodale Blvd, Grandview Heights, OH 43212
Ohio Fairfield County Health Department in Lancaster
1550 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100, Lancaster, OH 43130
Ohio Kristina J Danielak, DDS
1515 Harding Highway East, Marion, Ohio   43302
Ohio Napoleon Public Library
310 W. Clinton Street, Napoleon, OH 43545
Ohio Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District

1121 Chestnut Street, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764

Ohio Firelands FFA - Firelands High School

10521 Vermilion Road, Oberlin, OH 44074

Ohio Shores & Islands Ohio

770 S.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452

Ohio Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful

Attn: Adam Cassi, 1011 Matzinger Rd., Toledo, OH 43612

Ohio Miami County Solid Waste District

2200 N Co Rd 25A Troy, OH 45373

Ohio Twinsburg Public Library

10050 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087

Pennsylvania Cranberry Public Library 2525 Rochester Road, Suite 300, Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Pennsylvania Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center c/o Prof. Karen Masters 
Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center
Haverford College
370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041
Pennsylvania Edgewood Pack and Ship 1617b S Braddock Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Pennsylvania Tunkhannock Public Library 220 West Tioga Street, Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Pennsylvania Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy PO Box 2083, Williamsport, PA 17703
Texas Abilene Public Library

202 Cedar St, Abilene, Texas 79601

Texas Bastrop Public Library

PO Box 670, Bastrop, TX 78602

Texas Colony Row Corps

PO Box 240, Brackettville, TX, 78832

Texas Texas A&M University, Commerce

USPS: Department of Physics & Astronomy, PO Box 3011, Commerce, TX, 75429-3011 Other shippers: Department of Physics & Astronomy, 2200 S Neal St, Commerce, TX, 75428

Texas Adair Eyewear

3550 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Texas ReEnvision Eyecare 

8949 Coit Rd, Suite 170, Frisco, TX 75035

Texas Sun City Computer Club

1 Texas Dr, Georgetown, TX 78633

Texas Johnson City Library

501 N Nugent Ave. PO Box 332, Johnson City, TX 78636

Texas City of Lago Vista

P.O. Box 4727, Lago Vista, TX 78645

Texas Smoking Good Eats

455 N Main St., Paris, Texas

Texas Brain Injury Network

1416 Gables Court, Plano, Texas 75075

Texas Bell County Public Health District

4236 Lowes Drive, Temple, Texas 76502
Can drop at the above address or any of our clinics in Temple, Killeen, Belton, Fort Cavazos or Copperas Cove

Vermont Recycle, Compost, Waste | Northeast Kingdom Waste Management Dist. 224 Church St, Lyndonville, VT 05851
Vermont Montshire Museum of Science 1 Montshire Rd, Norwich, VT 05055
Vermont Chittenden Solid Waste District 19 Gregory Drive, Suite 204, South Burlington, VT 05403
Vermont Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes 20 Armory Lane, Vergennes, VT 05491
Virginia Marymount University
c/o Dr. Alice E Petillo
School of Sciences and Humanities
Marymount University
2807 N Glebe Road
Arlington VA 22207
Washington Wink Eyewear
4854 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118
Washington DC National Capital Astronomers
Please contact: capitalastronomers@gmail.com
Wisconsin Hortonville Public Library
531 N. Nash Street, P.O. Box 130, Hortonville, WI 54944
Wisconsin Independence Public Library
PO Box 99, Independence, WI 54747
Wisconsin Wautoma Public Library
PO Box 269 Wautoma, WI 54982
 
 Canada
Ontario Cardinal Festival P.O. Box 849, Cardinal, Ontario K0E 1E0
Ontario City of Cornwall Cornwall Fire Services – 10 4th St W, Cornwall, Ont K6J 2R6
Ontario Elgin County Libraries Please see library addresses: https://www.elgincounty.ca/library/hours-locations/
Ontario Town of Grimsby, Ontario List of drop-off locations:
https://www.grimsby.ca/en/news/collecting-eclipse-glasses-for-astronomers-without-borders.aspx
Ontario Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary 332 Road 3 W, Kingsville, ON N9Y 2E5
Ontario Town of Lincoln, Ontario List of drop off locations: https://www.lincoln.ca/council-and-administration/news-updates/public-service-announcement-lincoln-encourages-community 
Ontario Jana Sedivy 103 Ashgrove Crescent, Ottawa, Ontario, K2G 0T4, Canada
Ontario Perth Children's House Montessori School 1 Sherbrooke Street East, Perth, ON, K7H1A1
Ontario Peterborough Astronomical Association 179 Park Pl, Peterborough, ON K9J 3V9, or dropped off at Trevis Optometry in Peterborough
Ontario Collection Node Volunteer Site 35 Brookwood Drive, Richmond Hill, ON, L4S 1E9
Ontario Township of West Lincoln 318 Canborough Street, Smithville ON L0R2A0, Canada
Ontario Thorold Public Library 14 Ormond Street North, Thorold, Ontario, L2V 1Y8
Quebec Montreal Planetarium   4801 Av. Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, QC H1V 3V4 

Due to an overwhelming interest in this program, we are currently in the midst of updating the list of collection nodes that will accept your used glasses. Please visit this page often as we are constantly updating it.

If you've contacted our organization, please know that we will answer every one of your questions but it may take some time to get to your request.

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