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 John Morrow

Because you are reading this article, I assume that you have some interest in salvaged building materials — or have an active imagination that lets you see how used items can be repurposed into something completely new.

TRP warehouses always have a number of unique items, so if you come across something that catches your eye, or sparks your imagination, that might just be the time to buy it. 

The TRP Los Angeles warehouse is moving from it's original location in Pacoima to a new spot in Los Angeles! Located near Glendale, and the I-5 and 134 freeways, the new warehouse is easily accessable. It's also bigger, brighter, and better! Come see the new facility, the new materials that have arrived, and take advantage of the moving sale prices!  

When I first came to work for The ReUse People, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I had a background in retail and warehousing, so I knew what to anticipate in the area of work logistics, but I didn't know what awaited me with regard to the actual work experience. My previous job had been as a computer programmer, where I sat at a desk cranking out code hour after hour, day after day. I chatted with my coworkers during breaks, but it was really just a job, a place I went for eight hours each day, performed the required tasks, then went home at the end of the day.

By Cheryl Sharp

Having worked in the deconstruction business for over six years, I often wonder why people even consider straight demolition in this day and age.

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.

By Kristin Williams

Top 10 Green Building Trends for 2010By Arthur Renaud

As 2009 and the decade ended, and 2010 began, numerous magazine, newspaper and online articles recapped recent milestones in the building industry and predicted green-building trends for the coming year.

By Cheryl Sharp

Reuse and recycle -- two words that seem to confuse people. Here's the difference: Reuse is any activity that lengthens the life of an item. Recycling is the reprocessing of an item into a new raw material.


Some of the reasons why the reuse of building materials is so important:

When we opened the Pacoima warehouse in December, 2007, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Of course, I knew to expect a series of trucks coming in to be unloaded, I knew to expect a ton of organizing and cleaning, and I knew to expect a lot of work setting up systems to monitor all the things that need to tracked and reported when launching a new warehouse.

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