Material Donation Guide
How to Donate
No donations are accepted without an appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule
SCRAP reserves the right to refuse donations even if they have been approved unseen via the phone or email.
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.
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
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
Architectural & interior samples (NO glued or riveted sample books)
Laboratory glassware and plastic items
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
Unmarked/unlabeled liquids, powders, paints
Electronics/cameras (except for small hand-tools)
Sample books of tile and fabric
Jars other than mason jars or medical glass
Large pieces of metal or wood
Stuffed or soft toys
Small pieces of fabric (anything under 12″ x 12″)
Teaching aids and textbooks
Hanging file folders
Matches, firecrackers, combustibles, or any type of flammable liquids
Items/Materials containing lead or mercury
Moldy, musty fabric or yarn
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
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 RecycleWhere.org 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)
RecycleWhere.org for additional ideas