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:

The ReUse Depot, TRP’s newest partner store, recently opened its doors in Bellwood, Illinois, just 20 miles west of downtown Chicago.

The ReUse Depot carries more reusable building materials than any other retailer in the greater Chicago area—and at lower prices. Store Manager Michelle FitzGerald has been working all summer to fill the 22,000 square-foot space with virtually every type of residential building material imaginable.

As of this e-letter, extensive warehouse inventory includes 2 1/4” oak flooring, full kitchen cabinet sets (some with matching appliances), furnaces, High Bay lighting fixtures, a bowling alley (including shoes and balls), lumber (new, used and old growth), windows (dozens of shapes, sizes and styles)...

The July 18 issue of The New York Times contains the enlightening article, “Architecture: Pre-emptive Moves, Predemolition,” by Christopher Gray. It’s about the practice of stripping buildings of decoration to avoid last minute obstacles to demolition. You can access the entire article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/realestate/architecture-pre-emptive-mo...

I was slightly aware of this practice, but did not know it was so pervasive. Removing key elements from a building to render the building unworthy of preservation is, to my mind, nothing short of desecration. 

The “pre-emptive moves” go something like this: An individual or developer purchases a noteworthy building that has not been listed on any historic register. The owner then removes key architectural elements, often from the façade (columns, carvings, trim, statuary), which leaves the building looking scarred and abandoned, begging to be torn down and replaced.

OAKLAND, CA (August 5, 2013) - The ReUse People of America, Inc. (TRP), has extended the deadline for this year’s National Reuse Contest.

Have you ever encountered a particular business and wondered what it would be like to own something similar? For example, in an intriguing store have you ever concluded, “I’d be great at this,” or in response to a bad experience complained, “I could do better”?

By Ted Reiff

All of us are familiar with some type of reuse, but even certified reusers might be surprised by the ingenious ideas depicted in these photos. Boots as bird houses, jeans as planters. And, seriously, who would have thought to make a bookcase from an upended baby-grand piano?

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