Donation Guidelines

Guidelines

We have a very small staff to process a very large volume of donations. We greatly appreciate that you review our guidelines prior to dropping off donations. 

How to Donate

We accept donations Tuesday to Saturday, 10 AM - 3 PM. We are located at 2150 Newcomb Ave, San Francisco, California. Generally, there is parking available. Before bringing your items to the store, please take a look at our Welcome Donations and Unacceptable Donations below.

Small Donations
If you have a small donation of 1 - 2 bags or boxes, you can drop off without an appointment. Donations should be clean and organized. Sort like items together. We appreciate your cooperation!

Large Donations
If your donations is more than 2 boxes, please send an email with a list of items donate@scrap-sf.org to make an appointment. We strongly recommend sending pictures of your items, so we can expedite your request.

Pick up Options
Pick-up is available within San Francisco for free. For pick-ups outside of San Francisco, we do charge a pick-up fee depending on distance. In order to schedule a pick up, you must have at least 6 banker's boxes. You can schedule a pick up by filling out our Donation Pick-Up Form. Our driver will reach out to you.

Acceptable Donations

  • National Geographics
  • Art Books
  • Paper of all kinds
  • Notebooks
  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Markers
  • Pens (especially artist pens)
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Glue Sticks
  • White Glue
  • Tape
  • Fabric of all kinds (Must be clean, free of smells, and 1 YD X 1YD)
  • Cotton
  • Leather
  • Upholstery
  • Notions
  • Yarn
  • Oil Paint 
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Pigments
  • Painting Mediums
  • Watercolor
  • Frames
  • Brushes
  • Canvas
  • Clay
  • Plaster/ Marble Dust
  • Screen Printing inks
  • String and Chord
  • Jewelry and Jewelry Parts
  • Flowers
  • Foam core
  • Vinyl
  • Paper Grocery Bags
  • Gardening Pots
  • Small Tiles (under 1 in x 1 in)
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Greeting Cards
  • Stationery
  • Office Supplies
  • Sketchbooks
  • Matte Board
  • Metal Tins
  • Boxes
  • Mason Jars
  • Ceramic Tiles 
  • Toys
  • Acrylic sheets
  • Plexiglass sheets

Note: For safety, all liquids and powders must be labeled and properly sealed. 

High Value Donations

Do you have higher value items, but thought they were too fancy for SCRAP? We'll take them!

Here are some examples of treasures that we have successfully transformed into funding for community programs:

When we receive higher value donations, we have dedicated channels to handle these items. We work with auction houses and online sales channels. Such donations are valuable sources of revenue that support our staff's wages and operational costs. If you have such items, please email Terry@scrap-sf.org

Unacceptable Donations

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. 

Recycling Alternatives

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 623 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, 94110 (Say our name and we get a part of the proceeds from your donation!)

Building Resources  701 Amador St, San Francisco, CA, 94061

Goodwill SF, 121 Wisconsin St, San Francisco, CA, 94107

Salvation Army, 1501 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA, 94110

RecycleWhere.org for additional ideas