Park City Green Mattress Recycling Facility, a not-for-profit mattress recycler in Connecticut that operates throughout the Northeastern US, was founded in July 2011 by the Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises and Family ReEntry/Fresh Start Program and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Oregon, with the assistance of the City of Bridgeport and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
At Park City Green our Mission is to partner with companies, municipalities, organizations and institutions to increase their recycling rates, green and clean neighborhoods and empower communities and individuals economically through job creation.
The facility is modeled after St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Oregon a charity-based organization on the West Coast that uses waste-based businesses to generate money for its charitable services. The revenues of the Bridgeport facility would also go toward nonprofit agencies.
OUR MISSION = SUSTAINABILITY
Job Creation, Family Economic Security,
Environmental Stewardship and Economic Development
"I am very proud Bridgeport was chosen
over all other eastern seaboard cities as the desired home for the mattress recycling effort. Not only is this another example of a sustainable industry, but it will also mean new jobs and additional tax revenues for Bridgeport. It's another great example of why my administration continues to focus on green jobs. It is the wave of the future where Bridgeport will be a leading player."
-Mayor Bill Finch
About Mattress Recycling
Millions of discarded mattresses are thrown into landfills, but they take years to degrade. Deconstructing mattresses and recycling their parts frees up landfill space, produces recyclable material that can be sold to carpet pad makers, steel recyclers and textile companies, and creates entry level jobs and useful skills for a population that has difficulty finding employment.
At Park City Green, we provide the best environmentally sound way to recycle your mattress or box-spring. We guarantee that your mattress or box-spring will not be land-filled or burned. Our employees will deconstruct your mattress or boxes-spring and those materials will be used in the manufacture of new products.
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The average American replaces their mattress and box spring every nine years. Millions of mattresses end up in landfills every year. In Connecticut, mattresses are typically burned in incinerators or shipped to out of state land-fills.
Up to 85 percent of a mattress can be recycled. The wood can be chipped up and used as mulch or compost. The metal can be sent to a scrap yard, the polyurethane foam can be used as carpet padding, and the cotton is used to fill car seats or oil booms. At Park City Green we continually search for partners and innovative ways to use recycled materials from mattresses. If your a manufacturer and you are interested in using recycled mattress materials we would be glad to work with you on your project.
The facility will create jobs for Bridgeport residents and residents of neighboring towns with barriers to employment such as, those formerly incarcerated, at-risk youth, veterans, single parents and other underemployed or unemployed people, providing 15–20 direct administrative and entry level jobs and 5–10 indirect logistic, transportation, and broker jobs. Park City Green will also provide job training in warehouse management, forklift driving, baling & material handling.