24 August, 2017
If your glasses are made by one of the 12 eclipse glasses makers that meet the requirements of NASA and American Astrological Standards, they're good forever, NASA said. And now that the sun is shining bright again, you really don't have much use for them anymore, right? For one, there's another total solar eclipse coming to the US on April 8, 2024, so if nothing else, you could just keep them.
Astronomers Without Borders, a nonprofit, is accepting donated eclipse glasses to send them to other countries for future eclipses. If you were lucky, you even experienced the wonders of totality. Eclipse-mania has been a much-talked about topic for the past many weeks, and social media posts begging for last-minute sources of eclipse glasses were quite common. If you plan on disposing them, do so properly by tossing the solar eclipse glasses into a trash can or recycle bin.
The most obvious option: Keep them as a souvenir.
The next eclipses will be in South America in 2019 and 2020.
If you're one of the above, there's good news: If your glasses are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard (which you should be able to check along the band of the glasses) then they should be good to use indefinitely.More news: So Excited To Be A Part Of 'Saaho': Shraddha
Save them for the next eclipse.
Eclipse glasses for Monday's solar eclipse proved to be a highly sought after item.
Although they're still putting the program together, Astronomers Without Borders wants to get the word out before folks throw the glasses away. Glasses with plastic frames are likely not recyclable.
Or, you can recycle them - at least the cardboard.