A Local Option for Recycling
A bottle cap collection, buttons snipped from old shirts, yarn from a half knitted projected that never was completed—where do these items go when it is time for spring cleaning or time to move on to another hobby? Although they might be small, they’re valuable and meaningful and there are alternatives to throwing them away.
SCRAP DC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior, by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. Essentially, SCRAP DC takes stuff that people aren’t using and saves it from being clutter, compost, or worst, just trash and gets it into the hands of people who will put it to good use. So far, SCRAP DC has diverted six tons of materials from the waste stream. They currently have a retail space where material donations are accepted and then sold for approximately a quarter to half of regular retail prices. Common arts and craft items like fabric, beads, corks, paint and stamps can be found alongside of not-so-common items like laminate samples, floorboard samples and industrial tubes.
SCRAP DC has workshop room for classes where folks can learn new skills and also offers creative birthday parties. They encourage stewardship of the earth, nurture creativity, create community, and on a more tangible level, give folks the high of finding a good deal. SCRAP DC validates the choice to reuse and works to create a culture that celebrates reuse as a legitimate, exciting and, for some, a preferred way of consuming.
To support SCRAP DC consider volunteering, sign up for a class, use SCRAP DC as your go-to green resource or donate materials.
SCRAP DC is located at 3101 12th Street NE, (Brookland) D.C. For more informtion, stop by during open hours Wednesday to Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m., or visit Scrapdc.org.
Heather Bouley is director and co-founder of SCRAP DC.