For instance, specialty glasses maker American Paper Optics said in a 2016 statement that its goal was to produce 100 million pairs of the glasses in time for the August 21 eclipse - and it's just one of 15 companies on the American Astronomical Society's list of reputable eclipse glasses vendors.
People in the area also will have the rare opportunity to reuse their glasses.
The glasses will be redistributed across South America and Asia for the 2019 total solar eclipse.
That means, if you're careful, they can be good to go by the next time a total solar eclipse drifts over America on April 8, 2024. If you were lucky, you even experienced the wonders of totality.
"What we ask you to do is remove the lens from the cardboard", Collier County recycling coordinator Joseph McClamma said. The companies are listed here or they'll have an ISO number of 2312-2.
So do not throw those glasses away!
Innovative Roofing and Siding Inc.is collecting eclipse glasses for Astronomers without Borders right here in Knoxville.
There are better options than just throwing them in the trash, including saving them for a future eclipse or donating them to others. Organizers collected 13,700 glasses that were distributed to schools in eight countries, Smithsonian Magazine reported. Astronomers Without Borders will be announcing the details on its Facebook page sooner rather than later, so keep an eye on it and give your glasses a second chance at life. Glasses with plastic frames are likely not recyclable.