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 2012

In 2012, St. Vincent de Paul diverted the following from the Lane County landfill:

  • Scrap Metal: 4,070,000 lbs.
  • Textiles: 2,042,000 lbs.
  • Books: 1,227,665 lbs.
  • Wood Waste: 936,000 lbs.
  • Glass: 32,000 lbs.
  • Belts/Purses: 149,063 lbs.
  • Plastic: 184,710 lbs.
  • Polyurethane Foam: 1,500,000 lbs.
  • Paper/ Cardboard/ Magazines: 172,600 lbs.
  • Electronics/Computers: 120,000 lbs.
  • Media: 132,050 lbs.
  • Parafin wax: 60,000 lbs.

The Styrofoam recycling program collected 31,000 pounds of material!

Total weight of recyclables diverted in Lane County:
10,657,088 POUNDS!

At our DR3 recycling facility in California, we recycled 142,000 mattress pieces. Between that facility and our facilities in Eugene, we diverted from regional landscapes:
7,810,000 pounds of fabric, filler, metal and wood.

Total Diverted in 2012:
18,467,088 lbs. from landfills!

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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>