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Alcon is the First Healthcare Company to Achieve GreenCircle Certification for Zero Waste to Landfill Manufacturing Facilities

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Alcon, the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly, has earned the GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill Certification for three of its ophthalmic drop and solutions manufacturing facilities – two in Fort Worth, Texas, and one in Singapore. Each of the three facilities, which supply Alcon products to markets around the world, diverted 100% of total waste from landfills. With this achievement, Alcon is the first healthcare company to be GreenCircle Certified for Zero Waste to Landfill operations.

“Alcon teams continually focus on innovative ways to streamline our manufacturing processes to reduce operational waste, and I’m extremely proud to achieve GreenCircle certification as a testament to our commitment,” said Ed McGough, Alcon’s Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Technical Operations. “At Alcon, we strive to improve our environmental footprint through responsible business practices while also strengthening the communities in which we live and work.”

The three GreenCircle-certified facilities manufacture many of Alcon’s over-the-counter (OTC) eye care products, including:

  • OPTI-FREE® Contact Lens Solutions, the No. 1 selling global brand of contact lens care solutions;1
  • AO SEPT® PLUS and CLEAR CARE® Contact Lens Solutions, the top-selling peroxide lens care solutions globally;1
  • PATADAY® Allergy Eye Drops, the top-selling OTC eye allergy drops in the U.S.;2 and
  • SYSTANE® Dry Eye Drops, the leading global artificial tear brand.1

In addition, Alcon’s Fort Worth ASPEX facility manufactures surgical procedural and pharmaceutical eye drops as well as BSS®, a sterile intraocular irrigating solution commonly used during surgical procedures.

"The GreenCircle Zero Waste to Landfill Certification demonstrates absolute commitment to waste minimization and diversion as it requires 100% of waste to be diverted from landfills," said Tad Radzinski, Certification Officer at GreenCircle. "Often, manufacturing sites do not qualify their first time audited and need to make revisions to their waste management process to work towards this goal. We commend Alcon for earning this certification for all three of these manufacturing plants with their first GreenCircle audit.”

GreenCircle Certified, LLC is an internationally recognized third-party certification entity whose thorough evaluation process provides independent verification that sustainability claims related to an organization’s products and operations are honest, valid and verified. GreenCircle Certification is recognized as a valid third-party certification entity by the U.S. Federal Government, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR).

About GreenCircle

GreenCircle Certified, LLC was established to ensure specificity in third-party certification after encountering many unsubstantiated claims in the marketplace. Since 2009, GreenCircle has provided forward-thinking companies third-party certification of environmental claims. GreenCircle’s rigorous evaluation process provides independent verification that claims of sustainable aspects of products and operations are valid. Manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, occupants, and consumers can be assured that products labeled with the GreenCircle Certified mark have been thoroughly assessed and their claims verified to applicable standards. For more information, visit http://www.greencirclecertified.com/.

About Alcon

Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning over 75 years, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors. Our more than 24,000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with Eye Care Professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care. Learn more at www.alcon.com.


  1. Based on internal calculations by Alcon using third-party data; Alcon data on file, 2021.
  2. Alcon custom Dry Eye Allergy definition based on IRI Market Advantage; Total US MULO+CONV., through week ending 12/26/21.

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