Newcastle Lions' glasses coordinator, Dan O'Reilly (left) receives a donation of spectacles from Spirit's Environment & Risk Coordinator, Matt Hall (centre) and Environmental Advisor, Andrew Wood (right).
In promoting recycling in their community, Newcastle Lions Club are joining with the Northern Ireland Resource Network to promote sustainable reuse and repair as a practical and effective way of tackling Northern Ireland’s waste generation and develop opportunities in the Circular Economy. As a small club, the Lions are achieving reuse and repair by promoting the recycling of unwanted spectacles in a big way. Four times each year the club collect glasses from Belfast City Council, local opticians , the Newcastle Library and the GPS surgery and despatch these in ten large boxes to Lions Medico France . There the glasses are cleaned and measured before being sent to needy countries to help improve the sight of people in need. This month, Newcastle Lions Club are thrilled that their recycling scheme has been adopted by the global aerospace company, Spirit AeroSystems. Spirit is one of the world's largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft, defence platforms and business / regional jets. Newcastle Lions, in working with Spirit, are returning to old ground. In 2010, the club, together with the company's Belfast facility, supported Centenary celebrations for Harry Ferguson, when Newcastle Lions helped our local council organise a very successful community event. It was with great pleasure that Lions recycling officer, Dan O'Reilly visited Spirit to receive a large box of 205 pairs of recycled glasses.