Park City Green is a collaborative venture created under the Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc. umbrella with the support of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Oregon, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the City of Bridgeport.
At Park City Green, our mission is to partner with companies, municipalities, organizations and institutions to save them money in mattress disposal, increase their recycling rates, green and clean neighborhoods, and empower communities and individuals economically through job creation.
Park City Green is a not-for-profit mattress deconstruction and materials recycling venture, the only one of its kind in the Northeast. The opening celebration and ribbon-cutting on June 27th, 2012 featured Mayor Bill Finch, CT Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty along with many other distinguished guests, business and community leaders.
Connecticut’s Mattress Recycling Law was passed in May 2013 and went into effect on May 1st, 2015. At this writing, 18 months later, we have deconstructed more than 56,000 mattresses and are equipped to deconstruct 6,000 per month going forward. GBCE’s territory includes Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven Counties, as well as parts of Hartford County. As the program builds in providing services to more and more municipalities, institutions such as universities and hospitals, retailers and hotels we will continue to build our capacity which we hope to increase significantly over the next two years.
PCG workers deconstruct mattresses and box springs to recuperate, segregate and bale the deconstructed products such as wood, metal, foam, cotton/fiber for sale into the commodities markets. At present we employ 20 workers and expect to increase this number as the volume increases with more municipalities and organizations signing up for mattress and box springs disposal services.
Park City Green exemplifies the ”Triple Bottom Line”
- Park City Green is a sustainable business, taking apart mattresses and recycling the metal, foam, cotton, and wood. When fully operational, it will recycle 80,000 mattresses a year, removing a whopping 2,000 tons from the solid waste stream.
- Park City Green will hire an additional 5-10 Second-Chance community members and other low-income unemployed local residents, offering them a way to become economically self-sufficient, support their families, and discontinue public benefits.
- Park City Green will save municipalities as much as $15-20 per mattress in disposal costs, helping cash-strapped cities and towns save money.