SCRAP USA – it’s a lot like my enterprise.

SCRAP is a 501(c)3 organization originally founded in 1998 by a group of teachers in Portland, Oregon who wanted to find a home for their leftover classroom materials. Over the past 17 years, SCRAP has expanded its reach and now includes locations in Washington DC; Denton, TX; Arcata, CA; Traverse City, MI; and New Orleans, LA.

SCRAP HQ is a donation-based storage center and retail storefront that houses an ever-changing and diverse stock of recycled items for purchase. SCRAP also provides a range of educational opportunities within the community and hosts local reuse-based artists in our Re:Boutique retail boutique, which is located next door to their main “creative reuse center”.

SCRAP does not partner with the city to facilitate pick up of donated items – donors must drop off items they wish to donate at the SCRAP reuse center. SCRAP also offers memberships at varying levels (featuring clever titles like Dumpster Diver and Trash Compactor) with a range of benefits, including discounts on used materials at the reuse center and at partnering local businesses.

The SCRAP DC location was founded in 2010, and is currently located on 12th St NE.They also have a Re:boutique, membership program, space rentals, and craft events for recyclers of all ages. I believe SCRAP DC is currently supported by a dedicated group of volunteers, including the two local Directors. I would be interested to know what their relationship is with the local arts organizations in town. Right now the national organization’s circle of support seems pretty small and mostly limited to the PDX area.

One last note – one of the DC Director’s names is also Heather, so I have to wonder if there is some weird glitch in the matrix, and I am really looking a webpage created by myself five years into the future. Either way, an interesting organization with a great mission that is worth checking out.