Recycling Center

Recycling and Manufacturing

Internationally Recognized Leaders

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.

For inquiries about our Recycling and Manufacturing programs, please email askme@svdp.us.
This email responds to inquiries Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Appliance Recycling

St. Vinnie’s offers free appliance removal from many local residential locations! Call to request pickup: 541-345-0595 in Eugene-Springfield, or 541-997-8460 in the Florence area.

Appliance repair has been an integral part of St. Vincent de Paul’s mission since 1955. Appliances (including refrigerators, freezers, ranges, washers and dryers) that need simple repairs are refurbished, painted and sold in our retail thrift stores.

Appliances that cannot be repaired are recycled. Each machine is stripped of components such as copper, tin, steel, plastic, motors and compressors. The oil is removed in an environmentally responsible matter. CFCs (ozone-depleted gases) are also removed and cleaned for resale.

Free appliance pickup/removal is offered Monday-Friday only, but dropped-off appliance donations are also accepted every day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at St. Vinnie’s stores with drive-up donation lanes.

To purchase an appliance, visit one of our retail thrift stores. Most major appliances carry a 90-day warranty.

Please note: we cannot accept dishwashers, air conditioners or RV appliances. Pickup is also not available for gas appliances.

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Book Recycling

Too many books? Let St. Vinnie’s take them off your hands!

Our charitable outreach relies on having shelves fully stocked with books and media in our Retail Thrift stores and Online Bookstores. Donate at the drive-thru collection center at most St. Vinnie’s Retail Thrift locations.

Got tons of Books?

We work with libraries, transfer stations, and nonprofits across the country to help reuse and recycle books.

For opportunities related to pickup and transportation of truckload quantities of books contact Daven by email.

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Electronics Recycling

Oregon E-CyclesSt. Vincent de Paul of Lane County is a proud member of the Oregon E-Cycle Program. We accept desktop computers, laptops, computer accessories, televisions*, monitors, and printers through this plan. Our downstream recyclers meet strict E-Cycle standards so you can be sure these items are properly recycled.

Additionally, we go above and beyond the E-Cycle program and accept any consumer electrical item which plugs in or uses batteries!

Our dedicated computer recycling and electronics recycling staff are knowledgeable and able to resell, repair, or recycle any consumer electronics. Common items donors bring us include cell phones, tablets, video games systems, stereo receivers, turntables, cords, cables, and other consumer electronics.

The St. Vinnie’s electronics recycling program is respectful of your data and all downstream vendors are R2 or E-Steward certified.

*Although we accept all electronics at all sites, we can best accommodate donations of large TV’s at our Division Ave location in Eugene.

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Mattress Recycling

St. Vincent de Paul is the world leader in mattress recycling. DR3, our operation in California, was the first commercially viable mattress recycling business in the world. Today, with operations in Livermore, Woodland, and Stockton, California; and Eugene, Oregon; we recycle over 300,000 mattresses and box spring foundations each year.

How Does It Work?

Mattresses and boxsprings are cut open and separated into various components, including cotton, foam, wood and steel.  These materials are baled and shipped out for recycling.

In addition to providing a benefit for the planet St. Vincent’s de Paul’s mattress recycling program creates entry-level jobs for ex-offenders and others who have barriers to employment. We pay above minimum wage, provide benefits such as health care, and give people transferable skills that can help them find good-paying jobs in the community.

  • Individuals in Oregon must drop their mattresses off at a Lane County Waste Transfer Station.
  • Businesses in Oregon with 10 or more mattresses, Email Daven for info or to set up a recycling account in Oregon.
  • DR3 Recycling Eugene: (no public drop offs) 135 N Cleveland St. Eugene OR 97402
  • Individuals in California find a drop off location using the Mattress Recycling Location finder.
  • Businesses in California Email DR3 Dispatch for info about our DR3 Mattress Recycling locations or visit our website www.mattressrecycling.us
  • DR3 Recycling Stockton: WE’VE MOVED! 3837 Producers Dr. Suite 500 Stockton, CA 95206
  • DR3 Recycling Woodland: 1233 Commerce Ave Woodland, CA 95776
  • DR3 Recycling Livermore: No public drop offs 7041 Las Positas Rd., Suite E/F Livermore, CA 94551
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Recycled Wiping Rags

Clothing that is donated but not valuable or sellable is given a second chance at life with our rag recycling program!

St. Vincent de Paul sells wiping rags, cut from cotton tee shirts and clothing that we are unable to sell. Wipers come in 50 lb. boxes. Prices are as follows, per 50-lb. box:

  • White Tee: $85
  • Cut Terry cloth: $85
  • Color Tee: $65

To place an order or get information during business hours, call Shelly Soverns at 541-357-4314. (Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm) Contact us any time at: recycledrags@svdp.us

What’s Your Project? Your Art? Your Chore?

Give yourself or someone else a fresh start with clean rags. Consider the possibilities!

SVDP’s rag business sustains jobs, re-uses commonly discarded materials, and helps divert waste from our landfills.

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Styrofoam Recycling at the Recycling Center

Styrofoam Recycling

We shred and compress Styrofoam (#6 Expanded Polystyrene) into dense logs, making it more cost-effective to transport to recyclers. Please note: due to contamination we can no longer accept packing peanuts.

It’s Affordable for Businesses!

1. Businesses and must set up a recycling account. Call (541) 743-7191 or inquire by email (it’s fast & free)

2. Businesses must place Styrofoam in Supersacks (we loan these to collect styrofoam for free!)

3. Businesses must request a pickup OR drop off directly to our warehouse location during drop off hours: M-F 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm at 135 N Cleveland St, Eugene 97402

Fees for businesses are as follows:

$12 fee per supersack or pallet of block Styrofoam. (due to contamination we can no longer accept packing peanuts)

Individuals Can Recycle Small Amounts of Styrofoam for free!

Individuals can drop off up to one shopping cart of styrofoam per day for at any St. Vinnie’s store for FREE recycling! Click for drop off locations.

*Note a shopping cart is roughly 4ft x 2ft x 2ft or 16 cubic feet. Individuals with more than 16 cubic feet of styrofoam must pay a recycling fee of $12 per supersack for recycling.

A supersack is a poly sack which is roughly 4 ft x 4 ft x 4ft or 64 cubic feet.

What We Accept:

White block styrofoam with the #6 recycling symbol. (we DO NOT accept packing peanuts)

NO: wet or dirty Styrofoam
NO: urethane or “spray” foams
NO: food containers clean or dirty
NO: small, broken pieces or packing peanuts.

Let Us Pick it Up!

Let us save you time and labor. We can drive to your business and pick up your Styrofoam for an fee.

You must have an existing recycling account to request a pickup. To set up an account call 541-743-7191 and ask for Daven, or inquire by email.

Once you have a recycling account, call dispatch to arrange pickup: (541)345-0595.