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Celebrating 25 Years Of Scraps

North Carolinians throw away 11 million tons of waste each year, contributing to the more than 200 million tons of waste discarded by all Americans. 

The Durham-based nonprofit The Scrap Exchange has 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 Stasio previews the exhibit with Ann Woodward, executive director of The Scrap Exchange. The exhibit opens tomorrow with a “Scrapiversary” celebration at The Scrap Exchange in Durham from 6-9 p.m.

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Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
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.