Wooden Letters - FAQ






What does SCRAP do?

SCRAP collects quality, clean, reusable materials such as fabric, paper, pens and pencils, arts and crafts supplies, wood, office supplies, beads, buttons, and much more. We make these materials available at no or low cost to teachers, artists, students, nonprofit organizations and others.

SCRAP reduces the waste going to landfill by more than 200 tons per year. At the same time, Bay Area schools and non-profits benefit by receiving badly needed supplies. SCRAP also provides workshops, field trips and hands-on activities at community events to promote the benefits of creative reuse.

I’m a teacher. What should I know about SCRAP?

Scrap was founded to help teachers, and that is still the bedrock of our work. We always have a variety of materials at the Depot that can inspire your next classroom projects, and we always have a large selection of free materials for teachers.

Every year, in august, we offer all a Free Teachers’ Give-Away, called Hats Off to Teachers, for all Bay Area teachers. During the school year, we provide SFUSD Teachers with free materials on the first Saturday of the month from September to May. (See our calendar for exact dates, as holidays sometimes cause variations.) These events run from 10 AM to 4 PM. At the Give-Aways, teachers may choose from a wide selection of free materials for use in their classrooms.

In addition SCRAP provides free and low-cost field trips and workshops for children of all ages. We provide free teachers’ guides for classroom activities and creative reuse projects. We also offer periodic workshops for teachers to help them find new ideas and projects to take the concepts of creative reuse back to their classrooms.

Where is SCRAP?

SCRAP’s Creative Reuse Depot is located in a warehouse generously provided to us by the San Francisco Unified School District, in the Bayview district of San Francisco.

Our address is 801 Toland Street, though our entrance is actually around the corner, on Newcomb Ave, between Toland and Selby. You can find a map and directions to SCRAP here.

When is SCRAP open?

Monday through Friday, from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Donations are accepted ONLY Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Who can donate materials?

Our material donors include individuals, businesses large and small, universities, government agencies, religious organizations, nonprofit community organizations, and people like you.

Anyone can donate. No donation is too small. Check here for information on how to donate and what SCRAP accepts.

If you need more information on donating materials to SCRAP, call 415 647-1746 or email scrap@scrapsf.org

What kinds of things can I donate?

We are happy to accept your donation of clean, reusable materials that can be used in classrooms or art  projects. Our extensive Donations Guide will help you understand if we can take your items.

We are unable to accept furniture, appliances, electronics, most clothing, or any flammable or hazardous material.

If you have materials we are unable to accept, we will do our best to help you find another nonprofit organization that can accept what you need to dispose of.

Of course, as a nonprofit organization, SCRAP always can use, and greatly appreciates, your tax-deductible monetary gift. To make a cash donation, click here.

What I want to donate isn't on the list.

Call us at 415 647-1746 or email scrap@scrap-sf.org with questions.

SCRAP also depends on monetary donations to enable our programs to the community — free supplies for teachers, free fun events, low-cost workshops, field trips, and more. Click here to donate today!

How do I donate materials?

Donations may be dropped off at the Depot from 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

For large donations (six or more boxes), SCRAP offers a free pick-up service within 10 miles of our Depot. Please note that we can go farther, but must charge a distance-related fee. We also charge a fee to cross a toll bridge.

If you can, we suggest a voluntary donation of for $10 for individuals and $50 for businesses when we make a pickup.

Check the list of items SCRAP accepts, call us at 415 647-1746, or email scrap@scrap-sf.org with any questions.

Are my donations tax-deductible?

Yes, usually. SCRAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We provide a donation receipt for your goods or financial gift. Check with your tax preparer to determine your eligibility to deduct the value of your donation.

What about the cats?

SCRAP Cats: Dot and BootsDot and Boots, sister and brother, and were born at SCRAP several years ago. Unfortunately, they are no longer with us.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 23:28h, 04 October Reply

    the link to your “list of items SCRAP accepts” and ” extensive material ist” says the page is not found. can you update your list or make it available please? thanks

    • admin
      Posted at 00:30h, 06 October Reply

      Thanks for letting us now about this. That link is now fixed.

      Hope to see you soon.

  • Rhoda Draws
    Posted at 21:03h, 26 October Reply

    I just tried link to your list of items SCRAP accepts, and it’s broken again (Oct.26)!
    Please advise if you accept a stack of vintage MAD Magazines..

  • Elias Zamaria
    Posted at 23:42h, 26 October Reply

    I’m trying to send you an email about donations. I sent it to donation@scrap-sf.org like the faq suggests, but I got an error back saying delivery failed permanently.

    • admin
      Posted at 00:01h, 27 October Reply

      Sorry for that error on our part. The correct address is donate@scrap-sf.org.

      Thanks for thinking of SCRAP!

  • Emily
    Posted at 17:01h, 21 March Reply

    Do you guys pick up donations?

    • admin
      Posted at 19:20h, 21 March Reply

      We pick up donations free of charge in San Francisco. There is a nominal fee for more distant locals, or if we have to cross a toll bridge.
      Please call 415 647-1746 to arrange a pickup.


  • dave1@sfwcf.com
    Posted at 21:41h, 22 March Reply

    Do you have any mailing tubes?

    • SCRAP SF
      SCRAP SF
      Posted at 16:14h, 23 March Reply

      Yes, we have tubes of many sizes. Low cost, too.

  • Cathy
    Posted at 06:47h, 26 July Reply

    Are you currently accepting National Geographic and Smithsonitan magazines? If not, do you know where I can donate these and other magazines locally? Thanks for your help!

    • SCRAP SF
      SCRAP SF
      Posted at 12:59h, 01 August Reply

      We do accept National Geographic magazines. In fact, those are the only magazines we accept.

      Our intake window is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM. We also offer free pickup, with quantity and distance limitations. Call 415 647-1746 to arrange a pickup.

      Thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  • Aileen Rubin
    Posted at 12:47h, 18 October Reply

    Do you take leaded windows? If not, any idea who might want them? Thanks.

    • SCRAP SF
      SCRAP SF
      Posted at 11:35h, 19 October Reply

      How big are the leaded windows? We do take them, but don’t have adequate storage for very large windows.

      Alternatively, Urban Resources (www.urbanresources.org) may be able to handle the windows.

      Thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

      • Aileen Rubin
        Posted at 12:02h, 19 October Reply

        The window is 25″x25″ but it is still in the wooden window frame which is about 28″x28″. I can bring them to you if the size is OK with SCRAP. Thanks.

        • SCRAP SF
          SCRAP SF
          Posted at 12:18h, 19 October Reply

          We can handle that size, and will appreciate the donation.

          We accept donations Tuesday through Saturday 109 AM to 4 PM.

          Thanks again.

  • LindaKay
    Posted at 21:01h, 18 October Reply

    I have about 50 clean gel ice packs. They’re nontoxic, but different than most things on your list. Would they be useful to you/your customers? If not, do you know who might be able to use them?

    • SCRAP SF
      SCRAP SF
      Posted at 11:36h, 19 October Reply

      Hello Linda,

      Yes, we can use the ice packs. We’re not sure what people are doing with them, but they are a popular item.

      thanks for thinking of SCRAP.

  • Denise Garone
    Posted at 19:25h, 04 November Reply

    Is there still a drop in jewelry making class during the week.? If yes, when is it ?
    Thank you

    • SCRAP SF
      SCRAP SF
      Posted at 12:04h, 06 November Reply

      That class has been suspended. We may bring it back, so let us know if you’d like us to restart the Drop-In Jewelry Class.


  • Emily Rose
    Posted at 14:22h, 12 January Reply

    Hi Scrap,
    Are you all going to be open this Monday (MLK Jr day)? Thank you!

    • SCRAP SF
      SCRAP SF
      Posted at 15:39h, 12 January Reply

      Yes, we are open normal hours on Jan 15, 2018. No donations, though.

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