Distribution Drives Deconstruction

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By Ted Reiff

Distribution is the universal solution to many, if not most, of the world's commodity shortages and market demands.

How's that for another broad sweep from a broad-brush kind of guy?

Whether it's getting food to refugees, electricity to remote regions, Tesla autos to the wealthy, or used windows to budget-minded families, with minor exceptions distribution is the key. After all, numerous countries produce agricultural surpluses, electricity is easy to generate, Teslas can be built just about anywhere, and used windows are in overabundance. The challenge is geting these things to where they are needed.

When a deconstruction contractor reduces a building to its individual components, but does nothing further, he or she ends up with what amounts to an organized above-ground landfill. Distribution activities — identifying, accumulating, transporting, storing, breaking bulk and marketing — are what make deconstruction viable and necessary.

Let's face it, whether nonprofit and for-profit, we are in the building-materials reuse business for the opportunities inherent in keeping reusable building materials out of landfills: the promotion of a cleaner environment, economic development, employment, improved living conditions, historical preservation, lower disposal costs and, of course, profit.

Once we accept that distribution is the key to diverting materials from landfills, two factors must be considered — quantity and breadth. It's one thing to keep high-end maple cabinets from being destroyed and another to save single-pane windows, hollow-core flush doors and old appliances from that same fate. While I understand a for-profit antique dealer stocking only high-end Wedgewood stoves or pristine claw-foot bathtubs, I have difficulty understanding nonprofit, public benefit corporations refusing entire categories of items given the steadily-growing demand for all types and ages of building materials. Successful distribution is simply a matter of identifying an item's ideal market and price sensitivity.

Pricing is an important part of marketing. To distribute large quantities of anything, a distributor has to set the right price. Liquidators have proven this time and time again, and we in the used building-materials industry can expand our reach and increase volume by considering ourselves liquidators. Over the years TRP has demonstrated that reducing prices, even to zero, results in the acquisition of more materials, more buying customers and greater community recognition, all of which lead to improved employee morale.

Everyone at TRP is dedicated to putting reusable building materials in the hands of people who can benefit from them. The smaller the world gets, the easier it becomes for distributors. TRP warehouses, in conjunction with the company's certified deconstruction contractors and partner warehouses, have distributed over 370,000 tons of materials otherwise destined for the graveyard.

Remember — waste is an asset in the wrong location.

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring windows and interior doors. Receive 25% off the price of any window or interior door in the warehouse through February 29.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring interior doors. Receive 25% off the price of any interior door through February 29.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse has rare rough-cut lumber from a 100-year-old house in Ross, California. Exceptional find!


New inventory at the Los Angeles warehouse includes a stainless steel mini dishwasher, vintage heat-register grates in various sizes, and a handsome ceiling fan with dual rotating blades.

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Location and Contact Information

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA  94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00

Please visit our partnering warehouses:

The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00

Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7733
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00

Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 459-9803
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 263-0136
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
(435) 487-9015
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday

Recycle Utah
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9698
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00

Reuse Depot
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 223-0502
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays

New England Reuse
400 Sackett Point Rd
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 230-2638
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00p; Saturday 9:00-1:00p

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