Diamond Brand Outdoors is collecting used eclipse glasses

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Madeline James, deputy director at The Scrap Exchange in Durham, said this is a great opportunity for people to pass their eclipse glasses along to others. If you're not keeping them as a souvenir, you might consider donating them to Astronomers Without Borders and K2 Radio with Townsquare Media will help you do it.

The glasses will be redistributed across South America and Asia for the 2019 total solar eclipse. If you were lucky, you even experienced the wonders of totality.

To find out if your brand of eclipse glasses is being accepted, visit astronomerswithoutborders.org.

If you don't want to hold on to them, some organizations are encouraging you to pop out the lenses and recycle them. "Our phone was ringing off the hook and we saw an increase in traffic as everyone in town was looking to purchase solar eclipse glasses for the celestial event", explained Chris Bubenik, Marketing Manager for Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker. It turns out that a new standard for eclipse viewers, called ISO 12312-2, was adopted in 2015, and the new standard means the viewers are durable.

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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.

A final option is to recycle them. Check out the Facebook page of Astronomers Without Borders for info. Wrong! Those once sought-after glasses still have plenty of life left in them, and aspiring amateur astronomers would love to get their hands on them.

If the frames are plastic, Earth911 says you should throw them in the trash.

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