© 2024 Blue Ridge Public Radio
Blue Ridge Mountains banner background
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Celebrating 25 Years Of Scraps

North Carolinians throw away11 million tonsof waste each year, contributing to the more than 200 million tonsof waste discarded by all Americans. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Ann Woodward, executive director of The Scrap Exchange.

The Durham-based nonprofitThe Scrap Exchangehas been part of a national movement working to curb that trend. For the past 25 years, the organization has collected materials from local businesses and residents and encouraged the creative reuse of those materials. In 2014 The Scrap Exchange moved to the Lakewood neighborhood in Durham, where it now owns more than 107,000 square feet of space with plans to develop a Reuse Arts District and a National Center for Creative Reuse.  

A new exhibit opening tonight celebrates the past, present, and future of both The Scrap Exchange and the Lakewood neighborhood. Host Frank Stasiopreviews the exhibit with Ann Woodward, executive director of The Scrap Exchange. The exhibit opens tomorrow with a“Scrapiversary” celebrationat The Scrap Exchange in Durham from 6-9 p.m.

This time capsule was buried in The Center Theater in Durham 50 years ago. It will be opened tonight at the 'Scrapiversary' celebration.
Katy Clune /
This time capsule was buried in The Center Theater in Durham 50 years ago. It will be opened tonight at the 'Scrapiversary' celebration.
Ann Woodward is the executive director of The Scrap Exchange, a Durham-based non profit
Katy Clune /
Ann Woodward is the executive director of The Scrap Exchange, a Durham-based non profit

Copyright 2016 North Carolina Public Radio

Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.