Donate Materials

Donations are presently by appointment only

Material Donation Guide

How to Donate

No donations are accepted without an appointment. Email to schedule

  1. SCRAP reserves the right to refuse donations even if they have been approved unseen via the phone or email.

  2. It is essential that donations with many different types of items be pre-sorted with similar items in smaller bags, with rubber bands, etc. This helps minimize exposure and health risks to our staff.

  3. If you cannot drop off your donation, SCRAP can pick up, on a case-by-case basis, by appointment. Within San Francisco, there is no charge for this service. However, we appreciate your voluntary donation of $15 for individuals, $50 for businesses. To arrange for a pick-up, please call SCRAP at 415 647-1746 between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM to speak to our staff.

**SCRAP reserves the right to refuse donations. Visit the Reuse Resources section of our website for other areas to donate.

Donate to Community Thrift Store and designate it to benefit "SCRAP" so a portion of their profit is given to SCRAP.**

We Do Accept

Some items we're looking for now

Mac Laptop (decent condition, fully operating) - for our new Programs Manager

Mac External Monitor (fully operating) - for our Ops Director to review your donation requests!

Art & Back-to-School Supplies - for School-Age Children

Examples of Suitable Materials

SCRAP accepts many materials in good and clean condition. We appreciate your efforts to remove dried paints or pens, etc. from your donation.

  • Art supplies (markers, paints, brushes, stamps, canvas, papers)

  • Paper and Board (leftover letterhead, trimmed edges, mat board, foam core, fancy boxes)

  • Fabric/Textiles larger than 12 x 12 inches (fabric, millends, samples, leather, vinyl)

  • Sewing notions (buttons, thread, patterns, elastic)

  • Yarn and knitting/crochet accessories

  • Leather

  • Beads, wire and jewelry findings/accessories

  • Natural materials (feathers, pine cones, candles, wax)

  • Signage and promotional items (used banners, foam core, flags, products)

  • Acrylic sheets & remnants

  • Frames

  • Architectural & interior samples (NO glued or riveted sample books)

  • Laboratory glassware and plastic items

  • Art Books

  • National Geographic magazines

  • Glass jars without labels

  • Holiday/Christmas decorations or cards (October - December)

  • Liquids, powders, paint must have manufacturing labels

We Do Not Accept

  • Clothes hangers

  • Unmarked/unlabeled liquids, powders, paints

  • Electronics/cameras (except for small hand-tools)

  • Appliances

  • Sample books of tile and fabric

  • House paint

  • Jars other than mason jars or medical glass

  • Large pieces of metal or wood

  • Large toys

  • Stuffed or soft toys

  • Photo enlargers

  • Sewing Machines

  • Small pieces of fabric (anything under 12″ x 12″)

  • Mylar balloons

  • Teaching aids and textbooks

  • Hanging file folders

  • DVDs

  • Toxic/Hazardous Materials

  • Matches, firecrackers, combustibles, or any type of flammable liquids

  • Items/Materials containing lead or mercury

  • Moldy, musty fabric or yarn

  • Bedding/sheets

  • Books – except for art and craft-related

  • Magazines – except for National Geographic

  • Clothes, except for theatrical/opera or Halloween costumes

  • Plastic or metal desk organizers

  • Dishes/glasses/kitchenware

  • Luggage

  • Furniture

  • New photo albums (old photo albums with photos are welcome!)

  • Slide projectors or carousels

Most of the above items cannot be recycled and cost SCRAP money to dispose of. Please help us by respecting our list – thanks! If we can’t take your donation we will do our best to refer to you to an organization that can.

We suggest checking out for a guide to places that take things SCRAP can not.


In the event we are unable to accept all of your items, here are some other options for donating the items you'd like to recycle:

Community Thrift (mention our name and SCRAP benefits)

Building Resources for additional ideas