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.
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>
Aurora Glass creates architectural accents, gift products and custom awards from recycled window glass. To order products, visit Aurora Glass at www.AuroraGlass.org and Aurora Glass Awards at www.AuroraGlassAwards.org. 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>
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>
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>