KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 1, 2017) – The Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District recently announced that it awarded a grant to Scraps KC for more than $10,000 to support their efforts for creative reuse and upcycling. Scraps KC, Kansas City’s first creative reuse organization, receives discarded products from businesses and individuals that can be reused with a new function in dynamic and artistic ways. Discarded items are then resold to the public, such as families, teachers, artists, and other groups for a minimal cost for further creative reuse.
“At the MARC Solid Waste Management District, we continually look for organizations to help our region reduce waste from entering our landfills,” said Nadja Karpilow, Environmental Planner, MARC Solid Waste Management District. “I have been looking for years for an organization that would take on the task of launching a creative reuse center. Scraps KC submitted a grant application. We chose to award them a grant to help Scraps KC with retail shelving, signage and other marketing efforts as they launch this extremely important community resource.”
Scraps KC is one of many organizations that went through a competitive annual grant process where the MARC Solid Waste Management District awards more than $400,000 each year to organizations that help to reduce solid waste. This competitive process is open to all Missouri organizations that may be connected with waste reduction.
When Scraps KC opened its doors in September 2016, it opened its retail center with more than 12 tons of products and materials, diverting these items from the landfill, and using them for creative reuse and resale in their retail location in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. Scraps KC also hosts workshops, birthday parties and other events to help with creative inspiration.
“Our goal is to breathe new life into our products while having fun along the way. We are thrilled to be named one of the grant recipients from the MARC Solid Waste Management District. These funds are critical to ensure our retail center is merchandised creatively and to expand our marketing efforts that spread the word throughout the region about Scraps KC.”
Brenda Mott, Founder, Scraps KC
Scraps KC recently launched its Adopt-A- Class Program to supply repackaged school supplies to less advantaged Kansas City metro schools. By mid-year, many classrooms have used up their school supplies and can’t afford to buy what they need for class projects as they finish the year. Scraps KC provides a box of supplies to ensure classrooms have what they need for their school projects to help classrooms in Kansas City remain vibrant and creative.
Scraps KC is located at 1324 W. 12th Street, 2nd Floor, in Kansas City, Mo., adjacent to the 12 th Street Bridge. Scraps KC is open from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday.
About Scraps KC
Scraps KC is a non-profit, creative reuse center that strives to reduce industrial waste and home recyclables through the upcycling and creative reimagining of products and materials normally destined for a landfill. Creative reuse is the process of adding creativity to an already manufactured item to produce a new function in dynamic and artistic ways. Discarded items are resold to the public, such as families, teachers, artists, and other groups for further creative reuse. Workshops, birthday parties and other events also are provided by request. Check the website for the latest events at
Scraps KC at ScrapsKC.org or follow Scraps KC on Facebook.
About Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Solid Waste Management District
The MARC Solid Waste Management District serves as a regional solid waste planning agency for local governments in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri, and works cooperatively with Johnson, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. The district encourages development of local and regional waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs by providing grants to the public, private and non-profit sectors. The district also provides direct service to the community through its Regional HHW Collection Program and its Recycling Information Line, 816/474–TEAM (8326). The district manages the RecycleSpot.org website and a recycling hotline (816/474-TEAM), that provide residents information on recycling opportunities in the region.