Day 25 — The Scrap Exchange

I’m glad The Scrap Exchange is here to collect unwanted, but still usable, items and find them new homes.
Photo courtesy of Maureen Churchill

We hear a lot in the news about the importance of recycling and reuse. Sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming. I wonder if I am recycling everything I can. Am I finding ways to reuse the things I already have? Am I doing my part?

The truth is, I’m sure I could do better. I always prefer to find a new home for things, rather than throw them away. I try to be conscious of the impact I am having, but I know I don’t always get it right. Today, I wanted to do something to support the reuse movement. When I think about reuse, one organization comes immediately to mind: The Scrap Exchange. This organization's mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness and community through reuse.

Today, during my lunch hour, I stopped by the Scrap Exchange's drop-off location to make a donation. I’m happy to report, it couldn’t have been easier. There was a covered, drive-thru area set aside specifically for donations. You drive up and are greeted by employees who are happy to help you unload your car. They carry your items inside and offer you a donation form if you would like one. The entire process took less than 5 minutes. In truth, it took me longer to gather the items I wanted to donate the night before than it did to drop them off.

My items will join the thousands of others currently on sale at the Scrap Exchange's two locations in the Lakewood Shopping Center, The Scrap Exchange Creative Reuse Arts Center & Scrap Shop and Scrap Thrift. It’s hard to describe exactly what you’ll find inside. It’s truly a little bit of everything — and the best part is that the inventory is always changing. You’re sure to see something new each time you stop by.

I’m glad The Scrap Exchange is here to collect unwanted, but still usable, items and find them new homes. The work this organization is doing is keeping countless items out of landfills. I know the Scrap Exchange will put the items I donated into the hands of someone else who will use and appreciate them. That’s a much better option than allowing them to end up in the landfill.

Learn more about the reason behind Maureen's 43 days of kindness blog idea here.


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