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:

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.

The ReUse People SpecialsAfter devoting more than 20 years to the marketing and sales of used building materials, I still encounter people, organizations and government agencies that don't have a clue how extensive the demand is for salvaged materials. I'm talking about a world of unrecognized and underserved consumers.

The ReUse People SpecialsIn September a reader sent me an article from The New York Times. “After 55 Years in Vaunted Spot, a Picasso Is Persuaded to Curl,” by Benjamin Mueller, describes the delicate, nail-biting process of removing a 95 year-old stage curtain painted by Pablo Picasso, which had been attached to a wall in the Four Seasons restaurant since 1959. Once removed, "Le Tricorne," became the property of the New York Historical Society.

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.


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