• 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 Ken Ortiz

On behalf of TRP, I recently attended a function sponsored by our Chicago retail-warehouse partner, The Delta Institute. The main speaker was green business guru Joel Makower, author of  the new book, Strategies for the Green Economy. He spoke on the emerging green economy, where nearly every business and product claims to be green, greener, or the greenest, and asked the question, “How green is green enough?” I was reminded of this story: A guy wanted to open a dry-cleaning store on a certain block in Chicago. There were already two other dry cleaners on the block, both claiming to be the best. The cleaners on one corner advertised itself as the best dry cleaner in the City of Chicago, The cleaners on the other corner claimed to be the best in the entire Midwest. So the new entrepreneur, situated between the two, advertised himself as “the best dry cleaner on the block.” 

By Ron Whittaker

It was mid 2007 and I had just started working on a very part-time basis at this really cool environmental nonprofit -- just a couple of hours a week to help out. I was feeling pretty good about the gig and myself for actually doing it instead of just talking about it. 

This is happening with our bailout money!

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