The ReUse People Of America

We reduce the solid waste stream and change the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.The ReUse People is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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About Us

Since 1993

Since 1993, architects, contractors, building owners and federal, state, and local governments 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.

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4,000+

Houses Deconstructed for Reusable Materials

TRP has deconstructed over 4,000 houses and other buildings to salvage reusable materials. This has prevented vast amounts of building materials from ending up in landfills.

400,000+

Tons of Waste Diverted From Landfills

TRP has diverted over 400,000 tons of reusable materials from landfills, helping to reduce our footprint on the planet as well as provide repurposed materials for construction.

500+

Workers and Contractors Trained

TRP has trained and certified over 500 unemployed, underemployed, and disadvantaged workers, as well as over 70 contractors who in turn create needed construction jobs.

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Our Services

What We Do

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

Deconstruction

An environmentally friendly option over demolition, with benefits to the building owner, the community, and local landfills.

Retail Sales

TRP sells quality building materials, including lumber, cabinets, toilets, sinks, doors, windows, appliances and more at great prices while helping the environment.

Consulting & Training

TRP offers training programs designed to meet the needs of those interested in preserving resources and diverting reusable materials from the solid waste stream.

President’s Blog

Latest TRP News

Musings of a Lumber Hugger

First, I have to admit that I am not a woodworker, nor do I have a woodshop in my garage. However, I do lovewood. I always have. I first appreciated...

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Historic Preservation Reset

In a recent news article I read about a magnificent 1854 Greek revival house in the Midwest that had been torndown to make room for a parking lot!...

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The Velvet Crowbar Is Back

TRP hasn’t put out an e-letter (aka The Velvet Crowbar) since June 2018, so I need to start this re-launch with two business updates. First, in case...

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