• Customer purchasing lumber at a TRP warehouse.
  • Greenhouse project build with lumber from a TRP deconstruction project.
  • Banding lumber from a residential deconstruction project.
  • Deconstruction worker on a rooftop in San Francisco.

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

I’m always up to my neck in programs, projects and day-to-day problem solving, and rarely take time to come up for air. However, the start of a new year forces me to take a breath, step back and scrutinize the previous 12 months for notable accomplishments and lessons learned. I am often amazed at what our team accomplishes, and 2012 is no exception. Sure, a few projects fell below expectations or were not completed, but for the most part it was a great year. Here’s a quick overview:

The Wall Street Journal | Real Estate December 21, 2012


Scott and Pamela Weiss paid a little under $5 million for a home in Palo Alto, Calif., last year. Come tax time, they expect to get back about $66,000 for tearing it down.

By Joe Rettman

The ReUse People opened its Ohio regional office in April 2012. As Regional Manager, I  have been involved in four major efforts during this, our startup year.

By Ted Reiff

It’s time to announce the National Winners of the 2012 Reuse Contest. (Last month I announced the California winners. Be sure to check out the wonderful photos and write-ups on all winners on our website.)

This was our first year taking the contest national, and we had over 100 entries from around the country. As expected, each of them demonstrated not only incredible creativity but also style, skill and functionality. 

By Ted Reiff

The 2012 Reuse Contest has drawn to a close. Local winners have been chosen and selection of the national winners has begun.

TRP customers in Oakland and Los Angeles have again demonstrated what can be accomplished with some imagination, a bit of planning, a good deal of sweat and a bunch of used materials.

Frankly, if these entries and winners don’t encourage folks embarking on new building projects, major remodels or simple makeovers to incorporate salvaged materials, I don’t know what will.


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