The Lions Clubs International Eyeglass Recycling Program became an official program in 1994, although Lions have been involved in eyeglass recycling for more than 80 years. Today, there are 18 official Lions Eyeglasses Recycling Centers (LERCS) throughout the world. Board Policy outlines the scope and objectives of the program. Eyeglasses supplied to Lions or other humanitarian groups are dispensed in a professional and orderly manner, free of charge to people in need at the mission sites. Lions districts, singly and jointly, may sponsor LERCs.