Eclipse glasses to be donated to school-aged children in Latin America

SWACO and partners, including the city of Columbus, Franklin County Metro Parks, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, are teaming up to collect used but undamaged eclipse glasses for reuse.

Through a partnership with Solar Eclipse USA, the collected glasses will be sent to schools in Latin America and distributed to school-aged children so they can safely view the October 2024 Annular Eclipse.

For those who did not drop off their eclipse glasses when leaving an event on April 8, you can drop off your gently used solar eclipse glasses at one of the following locations before April 30, 2024. Collection locations include:

• SWACO Recycling Convenience Center, 2566 Jackson Pike in Columbus

• Columbus Waste and Reuse Center, 2100 Alum Creek in Columbus

• Battelle Darby Creek, 1775 Darby Creek Drive in Galloway

• Blacklick Woods, 6975 E. Livingston Ave. in Reynoldsburg

•​ Blendon Woods, 4265 E. Dublin Granville Road in Columbus

• Highbanks, 9466 Columbus Pike in Lewis Center

Residents are asked not to put solar eclipse glasses in with household recycling. Due to the mixed material nature of eclipse-viewing glasses, the glasses are not accepted as part of Franklin County’s curbside recycling program.

For information on Franklin County’s recycling program, visit

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