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A contact lens is shown in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
A contact lens is shown in front of a 1-800-Contacts shipping box Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP)
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Approximately 14 billion contact lenses get discarded every year in the U.S., and about 3 billion are flushed down the toilet or put down the sink. A new study published by the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University found that contacts do not biodegrade easily and make their way into surface water.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Rolf Halden, professor, director of the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at the Biodesign Institute and one of the authors of the new study.

This segment aired on August 20, 2018.

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