SCRAP - Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts
According to a recent Waste Characterization Study done by San Francisco's Department of the Environment, nearly 63 percent of the city's 500,000 tons of annually collected garbage is actually either compostable or recyclable.
Included in this percentage are a large number of reusable items, especially commercially manufactured surplus product such as paper, fabric, tile, etc. according to Anne Marie Theilen, the founder of SCRAP, a warehouse space dedicated to the rescue and resale of otherwise landfill bound artist materials. SCRAP (Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts) was founded under the S.F. Arts Commission in 1976 and incorporated as a nonprofit organization 1978 with the goal of reducing the amount of unnecessary landfill waste and contributing low-cost art supplies to local artists and educational programs.
Aside from a healthy working relationship with the city's waste collection company, Sunset Scavengers Co., who's employees regularly safeguard material along their daily routes to be donated, SCRAP also accepts tax deductible donations of QUALITY materials from individuals as well as businesses.
As an artist, I have found SCRAP to be of great value, both for its large variety of continually circulating inventory, and for its unbeatable prices.
SCRAP is located at 801 Toland St. (near Bayshore) The entrance is located Newcomb off of Toland Street.
It is open 9-5 Tuesday through Saturday. For more info contact 415.647.1746 or check out scrap-sf.org