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 SpecialsThe second annual National Reuse Contest came to a close on October 31, 2013, the last day for participating reuse stores to enter their local winners in the national competition. National winners were chosen in late November.

Before I divulge the winners, I’d like to thank the dozens of stores and store managers who participated in this year’s contest. The total number of entries more than doubled from 2012. Because of the excitement generated by this contest, and the number of people who wanted to enter but simply could not get their projects completed, TRP has decided to extend the entry period for next year’s contest from seven to 10 months and to launch the contest in January

The ReUse People SpecialsMany of us have great stories about the different and unique ways we or others have reused things. The following case involves the ingenious reuse of countless numbers of a single type of common item—wrenches.

One of our TRP advisors forwarded to me a series of photos of sculptures made from nothing but wrenches. I suspect it was one of those “Can you believe this?” items making rounds on the web. The artist is John Piccoli of Victoria, Australia. Locally, he is known as “The Spanner Man.” Spanner is the British and Australian word for what Americans call a monkey wrench.

The ReUse Depot, TRP’s newest partner store, recently opened its doors in Bellwood, Illinois, just 20 miles west of downtown Chicago.

The ReUse Depot carries more reusable building materials than any other retailer in the greater Chicago area—and at lower prices. Store Manager Michelle FitzGerald has been working all summer to fill the 22,000 square-foot space with virtually every type of residential building material imaginable.

As of this e-letter, extensive warehouse inventory includes 2 1/4” oak flooring, full kitchen cabinet sets (some with matching appliances), furnaces, High Bay lighting fixtures, a bowling alley (including shoes and balls), lumber (new, used and old growth), windows (dozens of shapes, sizes and styles)...

The July 18 issue of The New York Times contains the enlightening article, “Architecture: Pre-emptive Moves, Predemolition,” by Christopher Gray. It’s about the practice of stripping buildings of decoration to avoid last minute obstacles to demolition. You can access the entire article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/realestate/architecture-pre-emptive-mo...

I was slightly aware of this practice, but did not know it was so pervasive. Removing key elements from a building to render the building unworthy of preservation is, to my mind, nothing short of desecration. 

The “pre-emptive moves” go something like this: An individual or developer purchases a noteworthy building that has not been listed on any historic register. The owner then removes key architectural elements, often from the façade (columns, carvings, trim, statuary), which leaves the building looking scarred and abandoned, begging to be torn down and replaced.

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