Zero Waste maximizes recycling, minimizes waste, reduces consumption and ensures that products are made to be reused, repaired or recycled back into nature or the marketplace.

More and more retailers are adopting measures to achieve zero waste goals.

Retailer REI has a zero waste to landfill initiative that they are trying to reach by 2020 and Mannequin Madness is helping them reach that target.

Last year REI contacted us because they were getting new mannequins at many of their locations and they wanted to recycle these mannequins that they no longer needed.

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Mannequin Madness has been in the mannequin recycling business since 2001. One of first customers was Nordstrom. Slowly other retailers have followed suit. Now our customers are Banana Republic, The Gap, Bloomingdale’ s, Bebe, Nike, Talbot – just to name a few. However there are many more retailers who could be recycling, but they are not.


As is the case with most retail chains that we work with, the mannequins are still in good serviceable condition. Sometimes they have have their stands missing or broken and sometimes there are minor signs of wear and tear on the mannequins.

While many retailers are recycling their mannequins because it is the socially conscious thing to do.  (Mannequins don’t biodegrade so they don’t belong in landfills)

Other retailers recycle their mannequins for purely economic reasons. It costs a lot of money to throw mannequins away.

The size of dumpster bins needed to hold mannequins is expensive – anywhere from $300-$800 per bin, depending upon the city that you are in. And if you have a store full of mannequins, you might need multiple bins.


Many retailers say they save anywhere from $800-$3,000 per store when they contact us to recycle their mannequins instead calling a waste disposal company.