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:

Giving Building Materials a Second LifeAs a baby boomer who has spent over 35 years in the architectural and real estate development professions, I'm aware that the current economic downturn has made many of my peers revaluate where they are going in both their personal and professional lives. Some have regretfully waived the defeat flag and headed for retirement. Others have reinvented themselves in second careers, and in so doing given themselves exciting new lives.

In an analogous rebirth, perfectly good building material that once would have been buried in a landfill is now enjoying a second life through creative reuse.

TRP is expanding again, this time at the home office. In December we opened a second warehouse at our Oakland facility, adding 9,000 square feet to our retail complex. The new building is about 60 feet from the original warehouse, adjacent to our 6,000 square-foot lumber yard.

Why add more rent and personnel costs in recessionary times? Quite simply, we want to increase sales and need more space to do it. TRP prides itself in keeping more materials out of landfills than do most used building-material retailers. This requires that we accept a wide range of inventory, including more mundane items like single-glazed windows and hollow-core flush doors. If we reduced our inventory of lower-value items to make room for more high-value materials, no additional space would be required (at least for now). However, excessive cherry-picking goes against our mission.

By Ken Ortiz

It sounded like a great plan… in cooperation with the Safer Foundation and the Delta Institute, and with a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, TRP’s educational arm, The ReUse Institute, would provide job training for 140 ex-felons in deconstruction methods and procedures. The Safer Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to reduce recidivism by supporting the efforts of people with criminal records to become employed, law-abiding members of the community. The nonprofit Delta Institute creates, funds and implements programs that promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving, vibrant communities. For this program, Delta, which is also TRP’s warehouse partner in Chicago, would offer warehouse, retail and value-added training. The City of Chicago would supply TRP with abandoned houses, garages and city-owned properties to deconstruct.

The Many Faces of Solid Waste DiversionThe largest component of municipal solid waste in the U.S. is construction and demolition debris (C&D)—from 25 to 50 percent on average. Because of this, C&D ranks fairly high on the priority lists of policymakers and industry professionals seeking to maximize waste diversion.

But what exactly qualifies as diversion? Many contractors and recyclers have tended to obfuscate the term, while others simply think that by now everyone should know what it means. For the record, solid-waste diversion is the channeling of discarded materials away from landfills using environmentally-responsible means. Diversion includes both recycling and reuse, which have noteworthy differences.

By Kristin Williams

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