History

SCRAP was founded in 1998 by a group of teachers who wanted to find a home for their leftover classroom materials. They brought these materials to A Teacher’s Space, a resource center for Portland Public School teachers, and left them on a table for others to use. In 1999, an innovative teacher named Joan Grimm got together with a handful of her peers and received a grant from the Department of Environmental Quality to open a small creative reuse center for the community. Located first inside the ReBuilding Center on Mississippi St. and then on N. Williams Ave., SCRAP moved to its current location on NE MLK in 2009.

In the 2013 fiscal year, SCRAP diverted over 140 tons of usable material from the waste stream—an increase of 22,000 pounds over the previous year. SCRAP now has four satellite locations across the country as part of its SCRAP USA program, including in Denton, TX; Arcata, CA; Washington, DC; and Traverse City, MI.

SCRAP Williams

SCRAP store and our old pickup van, Truckie, on N. Williams.