Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre (CLERC)
Calgary Correction Centre
c/o Eyeglass Shop
11808 85th Street N.W.
Canada T3R 1J3
Please contact the centre prior to sending large shipments of glasses.
Send all Canadian Post Mail to:
Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre
Box 1530 Stn T
Canada T2H 3A3
The Lions of District 37-E sponsor the CLERC. It is the first operational LERC in Canada and the 11th LERC.
It was in 1996 that Lions arranged for volunteers at the Calgary Correctional Centre to process used eyeglasses. A corrections officer oversees the volunteers.
In 2001, the CLERC received the Alberta Premier's Award of Excellence for efficiency and cooperation. In September 2002, the prisioners processed their one millionth pair of eyeglasses.
In 2002, the CLERC distributed 257,550 pairs of recycled eyeglasses to: Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, El Salvador, Ghana, Haiti, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Samoa, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.
The CLERC accepts the following: recycled hearing aids, soft eyeglass cases, safety glasses, recycled eyeglasses, non-prescription sunglasses, and prescription sunglasses, and uncut lenses.