Eclipse glasses: Donate, toss or save for 2024?


If you've heard rumors that the solar filters on eclipse glasses expire after 3 years, ignore them.

Astronomers Without Borders urges people to hold on to their glasses so they can be reused in other countries for future eclipses.

In 2019, eclipses will cross land in both South America and Asia, and outfitting youngsters who might not have access to the shades will ensure that they can enjoy the event and put those paper glasses to good use.

The Calabasas, Calif. -based nonprofit says it is developing a corporate-backed plan to collect the millions of glasses bought by viewers in the United States before the August 21 solar eclipse. As long as you pop out the lenses, you can happily throw your glasses frames in the recycling bin knowing that you aren't adding to environmental waste. Yay! Since the organization strives to bring astronomy-based education to schools, this is pretty much the flawless project for them.

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It got chilly in Denver and dark in Wyoming - but now we've got hundreds of thousands of unneeded eclipse glasses on our end tables, in our cars, and maybe even in the trash.

Well, one option to consider is recycle them.

If you're in the USA and west of Missouri, you're not anywhere near it, so traveling or paying it forward and mailing away the glasses are your reuse options.

Eclipse glasses can be dropped off at either of two Diamond Brand Outdoors locations or Frugal Backpacker by Monday, August 28, during regular business hours. Check out the Facebook page of Astronomers Without Borders for info. Plastic-framed glasses can't be recycled, according to