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

The Latest TRP News:

The ReUse People SpecialsBy Ted Reiff

The biggest challenge in running a retail establishment for salvaged building materials is not attracting customers, or pricing merchandise, or staying competitive. And it doesn't have much to do with storage, display or making used materials look attractive. Although all of these things are important, the biggest challenge is simply obtaining sufficient inventory.

While this may not be true of reuse stores selling furniture or high-end architectural pieces, it is almost always true for stores and warehouses, such as TRP, whose mission is to keep reusable materials out of overburdened landfills by reclaiming and returning to the market as much of it as possible.

The ReUse People SpecialsBy Ted Reiff

You've heard of promotional teasers-those advance tidbits about upcoming movies, TV shows and hot new products. They're intended to start a drumroll, whet appetites, build anticipation, bring people to the edge of their seats.

Well, that's what this month's post is — a teaser. I'll even tell you what it's for — bookends.

The ReUse People SpecialsI remember when the arrival of spring triggered a sweeping (no pun intended), top–to–bottom housecleaning. In many places, it still does. However, these days many of us must regularly assess and renew not only our physical space, but our online presence as well. Just like houses, websites get messy and gradually lose their effectiveness.

At TRP, we increasingly rely on our website to connect with, inform and persuade the public regarding the benefits of building–materials salvage and reuse. So, this spring we plan to take a careful look at how the TRP website is working and make some needed changes.

By Ted Reiff

Another successful National Reuse Contest has come to a close. Hundreds of entries were submitted to participating stores. Each store selected local winners and forwarded those to The ReUse People for final judging. National winners were chosen in late December.

The complexity and uniqueness of projects increased again this year, in keeping with a trend that has been building since the contest’s inception.

The ReUse People SpecialsTRP began 2014 in a decidedly lackluster manner. The slump could be felt in every aspect of the business and, quite frankly, I was concerned. Happily (and largely inexplicably), the outlook began to change in early July. In the final analysis, TRP's 21st year proved to be the most successful in the company's history.

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