St. Vincent de Paul does so much more than recycling. Watch this video to learn how we're changing the economics of community health.
St. Vincent de Paul does so much more than recycling. Watch this video to learn how we're changing the economics of community health.
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Recycling in 2013

In 2013, St. Vincent de Paul diverted the following from disposal in landfills:

  • Scrap Metal: 4,436,300 lbs.
  • Textiles: 2,226,652 lbs.
  • Books: 1,338,155 lbs.
  • Wood Waste: 1,020,240 lbs.
  • Glass: 30,000 lbs.
  • E-waste: 130,080 lbs.
  • Shoes/Belts/Purses: 162,479 lbs.
  • Plastic: 92,355 lbs.
  • Polyurethane Foam: 1,239,347 lbs.
  • Paper/ Cardboard/ Magazines: 173,851 lbs.
  • Media: 132,173 lbs.
  • Parafin wax: 65,400 lbs.

The Styrofoam recycling program collected 33,790 pounds of material!

Total weight of recyclables diverted in Lane County: 11,081,542 POUNDS!

Between operations in Lane County and California, we recycled 162,000 mattress pieces, diverting 8,910,000 pounds of fabric, filler, metal and wood.

Total Weight of Stuff Diverted from landfills in 2013:
19,991,542 lbs.!

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Recycling and Manufacturing

St. Vincent de Paul is an internationally recognized leader in developing recycling-based businesses. These businesses have a quadruple bottom line: they responsibly reuse and recycle products; provide quality goods and services to the community; provide jobs and job training; and generate revenue to fund our charitable activities.

Mattress Recycling
St. Vincent de Paul is the world leader in mattress recycling. DR3, our Oakland, California mattress recycling facility was the first commercially viable program in the world. Today, between our operations in Oakland and Eugene, Oregon we are the largest mattress recycler in North America. Learn more about Mattress Recycling>

Appliance and Propane Recycling
Appliance repair and recycling has been an integral part of St. Vincent de Paul’s mission since 1955. Learn more about Appliance and Propane Recycling>

Aurora Glass
Aurora Glass creates architectural accents, gift products and custom awards from recycled window glass. To order products, visit Aurora Glass at and Aurora Glass Awards at Learn more about Aurora Glass>

Candle Wax Recycling
Ever wondered how to recycle that partially-burned candle you don't need? Ecofire© is a simple fire starter made from recycled cotton and paraffin from used candles. Brick-O-Wax is recycled paraffin for candlemakers and other crafters. Learn more about candle wax recycling>

Dogma Pet Beds
Dogma Pet Beds are ecofriendly and ideal for dogs and cats of all sizes.  Your dog or cat deserves a really good bed! Learn more about Dogma Pet Beds>

Mattress Manufacturing
Mattresses and boxsprings with good springs but covers that are stained or torn get new life at St. Vincent de Paul's mattress manufacturing plant. Workers remove the soft materials from the mattress springs and recover them with all new materials. Learn more about Mattress Manufacturing>

Recycled Wiping Rags
St. Vincent de Paul sells wiping rags, cut from cotton tee shirts and clothing that we are unable to sell. Wipers come in 10 lb. or 50 lb. boxes. See prices and more info>

Styrofoam Recycling
St. Vincent de Paul is now Lane County’s only destination for recycling Styrofoam. Learn more about Styrofoam Recycling>

Utilizing cut-offs from local wood product manufacturers, St. Vincent de Paul produces a line of new pine and melamine furniture that is sold in our retail stores and given to low-income families. Learn more about the Woodshop>