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 PeopleBy Ted Reiff

In the February 12, 2014, edition of his blog, Building Blocks, which appears regularly in the New York Times, David W. Dunlap describes the imminent demolition of the American Folk Art Museum on West 53rd Street, New York, noting that the new owner, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) plans to salvage the 63 metal panels that comprise the facade of the building.

The ReUse PeopleBy Ted Reiff
TRP’s anniversary is November 29 because that’s the day we actually started doing business. We don’t count all the prior days spent thinking about doing business, writing the business plan, incorporating, and receiving federal approval as a nonprofit organization, all of which took a good seven months. But just so you know, the spark was ignited in April, 1993, so in my heart I’m celebrating this month.

The ReUse People

By Ted Reiff

Reduce, Relocate, Reuse, Recycle

A new mantra in the environmental world? Probably not; however, adding “relocate” to the customary trio of imperatives might encourage us to consider a seldom-used option — house-moving.

OAKLAND, CA (FEBRUARY 17,2014) - The ReUse People of America, Inc. (TRP), has announced the launch of this year’s National Reuse Contest for projects built of primarily used building materials. The announcement was made through the TRP website (www.TheReUsePeople.org) and in retail outlets across the country.

The ReUse People SpecialsThis year we’re not waiting for Spring to arrive before rolling out our annual Reuse Contest. Entries and feedback from previous years have made it abundantly clear that people need all the time they can get to plan and execute some of the amazing projects entered in the competition.

When we first introduced the Reuse Contest several years ago, our purpose was to promote the reuse of building materials and to give our customers an additional incentive to incorporate salvaged materials wherever possible when building, remodeling or creating signature products such as furniture and works of art. After starting in the San Francisco Bay Area, we quickly expanded to include the rest of California, and in 2012 went national.

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