St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle|King County has been in the recycling, reuse and renewal business for close to a century. We started our agency in North Seattle in 1920 and began our recycling programs in 1926, when we opened the St. Vincent de Paul Salvage Bureau facility at South Lake Union.
Early on, we understood that paying attention to reuse and recycling was both good for business, and good for the community. We also learned that becoming better stewards of the world around us had the potential to help save our precious supplies of energy and to reduce our carbon footprint.
During the Depression, funds from the Salvage Bureau went toward paying for food, clothing, furnishings, rent, furniture, heating fuel, and hospital costs for our neighbors in need. In 1964, the Salvage Bureau was an integral part of the effort to clean up Lake Union, which had become polluted and filled with trash.
Vincent Recycles Close to 2,000,000 lbs. Per Year
In a typical year, our network of five thrift stores recycles close to 2,000,000 pounds of used items. This includes over 800,000 pounds of textiles, 64,000 pounds of paper, over 240,000 pounds of electronic gear, and more.
Big Time Reuse: Our Thrift Stores
The Salvage Bureau evolved into a store which has grown to five thrift stores that today generate over a million dollars annually towards funding our programs of helping our needy neighbors. Goods are donated to SVdP and sold in our thrift stores instead of ending up in a landfill.
This kind of re-use reduces the costs of making, shipping, and selling the things we surround ourselves with every day. Re-use helps reduce the tons of items that end up in garbage dumps and landfills. Finally, re-use decreases the demand for goods that are environmentally damaging to produce.
All of Us have Too Much Stuff
Many of us have way, way too much stuff, so much so that we don’t know what to do with it. Unused clothing and household items gather dust in our closets and basements for years—and often end up in a landfill.
Donation Center Locations
You can donate items at any of our six convenient drop-off locations:
|Council Office – 5950 4th Avenue South in Seattle||206.767.9975|
|Aurora Thrift Store – 13555 Aurora Ave. N. in Seattle||206.364.8495|
|Burien Thrift Store – 13445 First Ave. S. in Burien||206.243.6370|
|Kenmore Thrift Store – 7304 NE Bothell Way in Kenmore||425.483.9497|
|Kent Thrift Store – 310 Central Ave N in Kent||253.277.0211|
|Renton Thrift Store – 575 Rainier Ave N in Renton||425.226.9426|
If you have big items or a large number of bags or boxes of clothes and household goods, call one of our thrift stores and drop off your donations there. Remember that because St. Vincent de Paul is a 501(c)(3) independent non-profit charity, your donations are tax-deductible. Join St. Vincent de Paul in our mission to help make better lives and a better world by reusing, renewing, and recycling.
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