Since 1993:

•TRP has deconstructed over 2,000 houses and other buildings to salvage reusable materials.

•TRP has diverted over 350,000 tons of reusable materials from landfills.

•TRP has trained over 500 unemployed, underemployed and disadvantaged workers.

•TRP has trained over 71 contractors, who in turn create needed construction jobs.

Since 1993, architects, contractors and building owners have relied on TRP to keep reusable and recyclable building materials out of overburdened landfills. By de-constructing (instead of demolishing) a building, TRP is able to salvage up to 80 percent of the materials and channel them back into the marketplace through donations and sales at its network of retail outlets.


TRP offers the following green services and products:

Building materials donation and deconstruction • Building materials salvage • Building materials distribution • Great deals on reclaimed building materials and lumber • Project management • Training • Consulting services • Reuse and recycling plans

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By Ted Reiff

The ReUse People

Calling all artists, furniture makers, DIY remodelers and builders of greenhouses, tool sheds, chickens coops, container houses and other habitats, whole or partial. We have reached the homestretch of the 2014 National Reuse Contest. To compete in this year's contest, entries must be received at local participating stores by midnight Friday, October 31.

The ReUse People

By Ted Reiff

In mid August TRP enjoyed a rare visit from one of its European counterparts. Visiting from Finland was Kati Hinkkanen, Development Manager with Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre, a nonprofit social enterprise organization whose mission is “to improve the state of the environment by reducing the amount of waste and by offering an alternative to single-use culture.”

The ReUse PeopleBy Ted Reiff

In the spring of 2013, TRP signed an agreement with the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) to conduct training programs in both deconstruction and retailing, and to open and manage a used building-materials retail store in the county.

All of the training programs were completed several months ago. The much anticipated retail operation will be ready to open later this month.

The ReUse PeopleBy Ted Reiff

As many readers of this blog know, TRP originated in the San Diego area. A transplanted mid-westerner, I lived in that city for some 30 years before moving the company to the Bay Area, and myself along with it. When I was ready to purchase a home, it made sense to start my search in various East Bay communities. However, after two frustrating years and more than a dozen losing offers, I somewhat reluctantly shifted my focus back to San Diego.

The ReUse People We often feature creative ideas on The Velvet Crowbar to show how materials can be reused, and there seems to be no limit to the creativity and cleverness that abounds when people decide to make reuse their goal. From creating something incredibly functional, such as boxed toilet paper rolls used to organize cables and electrical cords, to something incredibly artistic, such as an old bike reused as a sink stand, it seems there isn't anything that CAN'T be done with used materials.

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