The Scrap Exchange is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. We collect materials from hundreds of individuals, businesses, industries, and municipal sources and distribute those materials through our retail store in Durham, North Carolina as well as through workshops, parties, and outreach events across the Southeast.

The Scrap Exchange creates a win-win-win situation for everyone involved — our donors are eligible for a tax deduction for the value of the items they donate; community members have access to hard-to-find, affordable materials; and usable materials are kept from entering the waste stream.


Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about who we are and what we do, please visit out our Frequently Asked Questions page.


A dedicated group of people keep things running smoothly at The Scrap Exchange. Learn more…


The Scrap Exchange is guided by a fifteen-seat Board of Directors. Learn more…


The Scrap Exchange was founded in 1991 by a small group of people who were seeking to establish a sustainable supply of high-quality, low-cost materials for artists, educators, parents, and other creative people. Learn more…


Press and Media Links
The Scrap Exchange has received many mentions in the press and on the web over it’s 20+ year history. Learn more…


Awards and Recognitions
The Scrap Exchange has received several local and national awards during the course of their history. This list highlights awards received in recent years. Learn more…

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