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(NP) Art From Scrap (
An arts and crafts materials reuse store, environmental education organization, and arts program. See Profiles for more information.

Community Environmental Council
302 East Cota Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Phone: (805) 884-0459
Fax: (805) 884-1876

(NP) Arts & Scraps (
Supports creativity in schools, organizations, and families with reused industrial scraps as inexpensive art materials and educational opportunities. The center is open to the public and is a place where children and agencies can shop for reused scraps for creative projects and obtain inexpensive art provisions and kits. $5.50 will purchase a grocery bag full of adhesive foam pieces, colorful paper, fabric, mat board, yarn, and paper confetti. Items are also available in the single price area. Birthday parties and group workshops are welcome. Accepts a wide variety of scrap materials from businesses and individuals; materials may be delivered or mailed. See Profiles for more information.

16135 Harper
Detroit, Michigan 48224
Phone: (313) 640-4411
Fax: (313) 640-4422

(NP) East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (
Promotes solid waste diversion and resource conservation by collecting and redistributing reusable materials for education, arts and crafts, and many other creative projects. See Profiles for more information.

6713 San Pablo Avenue
Oakland, California 94608
Phone: (510) 547-6470
Fax: (510) 655-6536

(NP) Generation Green's Dumpster Diversion Project (
Accepts unwanted materials from the industrial, commercial, and residential sectors for their reused art project and classes. Offers classes, workshops, exhibits, and presentations on creative reuse, recycling, and the environment to school districts, park and recreation centers, teen centers, corporate picnics, community events, or any other groups.

Moraga, California
Phone: (925) 671-7508

(NP) Hudson Valley Materials Exchange (
A publicly-funded redistribution center for materials suitable for art, education, and construction. A creative resource for craft workshops, hands-on curriculum, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Community Warehouse
1101 First Street, Building #404
Stewart International Airport
New Windsor, New York 12553
Phone: (845) 567-1445
Fax: (845) 567-1536

(NP) The Imagination Factory (
This website teaches children creative ways to make art from discarded materials.


Lizland (
Creates and sells works of art almost entirely from reused materials including wooden foundry patterns, circuit boards, electronic parts, miscellaneous wood and metal objects, etc. Accepts materials from electronic surplus stores, thrift shops, scrap yards, garage sales, people with unwanted materials, etc.

739 Clementina Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: (415) 863-1047

(NP) (
Provides ideas for using everyday materials to create arts and crafts.

(NP) Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA) (
Provides affordable arts education to the Lane County community through hands-on opportunities for creative reuse and artistic expression. See Profiles for more information.

449 Blair Boulevard (at West Forth Avenue)
Eugene, Oregon
Phone: (541) 302-1810

(NP) Materials for the Arts (
Provides over 2,700 arts programs with the materials they need to prosper and endure. They gather materials from companies that no longer need them, and distribute them to artists and educators that do. In the process, they remove hundreds of tons from the New York City sanitation system.

43 West Broadway
Eugene, Oregon 97401

(GOV) Materials for the Arts Program (
Accepts craft/school type art supplies (e.g., crayons, construction paper, markers, pencils, fabric, buttons, clay, etc.), plant seeds, bird seeds, gardening supplies (e.g., potting soil, bird seed, etc.), scrap lumber, plexi-glass in usable sizes, small tools, wallpaper or old wallpaper books, miss-cut keys, etc. Cannot accept clothing, furniture, or other large items. Donations support local schools and social service agencies. See Profiles for more information.

Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Reuse Division
3400 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47401
Phone: (812) 349-2020

Rebecca's Recycled 'Riters (
Accepts mailed/hand-delivered donations of old, unused crayon scraps, and recycles them into new designs. Also offers their 'riters (new crayons) in exchange for any donation of old crayons.

Phone: (503) 784-9759

(NP) reCREATE Eco-Art Center
Working with regional businesses to collect unbelievably cool, useful, but unwanted items, we use these treasures to encourage creative reuse, teach and celebrate hand-crafted art.

8417 Washington Blvd., #135
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (916) 749-3717

(NP) reDiscover (
Promotes creative problem-solving and environmental awareness in preschool and elementary education through recycling cast-off materials into children's learning tools. This community resource center offers shopping days at its facility, field trips for elementary school children, and teacher training workshops.

12958 Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90066
Phone: (310) 393-3636


2915 NE MLK Jr., Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97212
Phone: (503) 294-0769

(NP) The Scrap Exchange (
Collects clean, reusable, industrial discards for creative reuse. See Profiles for more information.

548 Foster Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Phone: (919) 688-6960
Fax: (919) 688-2792

(NP) Scroungers' Center for Reusable Art Parts (SCRAP) (
Serves as a conduit for unwanted materials by collecting from businesses and individuals materials that would otherwise be discarded, and distributing them to art and educational groups. See Profiles for more information.

801 Toland Street (entrance on Newcomb)
San Francisco, California 94124
Phone: (415) 647-1746
Fax: (415) 647-1744
E-mail: (
Artist who accepts broken dishes, old warped wood, broken mirrors, pieces of stained glass, end pieces of tile, etc.

Vancouver Island, Canada

(NP) Student Creative Recycle Art Program (S.C.R.A.P.) Gallery (
Promotes conservation and reuse through hands-on exploration with discarded materials. The materials accepted from businesses and manufacturers are available for reuse by teachers, artists, and community programs. See Profiles for more information.

Riverside County Fairgrounds
46-350 Arabia Street
Indio, California 92201
Phone: (760) 863-7777
Fax: (760) 863-8973

Trash for Teaching (
Collects, stores, and sorts enormous amounts of clean, cast-off materials from manufacturing processes. Works with school districts to develop guidelines utilizing these materials in conjunction with current standards-based curricula, and delivers the materials and guidelines directly to schools for teachers to introduce in classroom projects.

1435 West 139th Street
Gardena, CA 90249
Phone: (310) 324-0220

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