(510) 383-1983
(510) 383-1983
9235 San Leandro St. Oakland, CA 94603

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.

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. When a building is de-constructed (rather than demolished), up to 80 percent of the materials can be salvaged and channeled back into the marketplace through donations and sales at TRP’s network of retail outlets.

The ReUse People
4,000 +
Houses Deconstructed for Reusable Materials
Materials from over 4,000 houses and other buildings have been acquired and distributed by TRP to salvage reusable materials. This has prevented vast amounts of building materials from ending up in landfills.
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 
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.
The ReUse People Deconstruction Worker

Our Services

What We Do
TRP offers the following green services and products:
  •  Building materials donation and deconstruction options
  •  Building materials collection
  •  Building materials distribution
  •  Great deals on reclaimed building materials and lumber
  •  Project management
  •  Training
  •  Consulting services
  •  Reuse and recycling plans
deconstruction servicesMany contractors offer this environmentally friendly option over demolition, with benefits to the building owner, the community, and local landfills.
TRP Retail salesTRP sells quality building materials, including lumber, cabinets, toilets, sinks, doors, windows, appliances and more at great prices while helping the environment.
deconstruction trainingTRP offers training programs designed to meet the needs of those interested in preserving resources and diverting reusable materials from the solid waste stream.
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Latest TRP News

Celebrating The Matrix

Jun 03, 2024
I recently learned that 2024 marks the 25th anniversary of The Matrix trilogy. Some of you may remember that TRP was the deconstruction contractor on three major scenes from two of the films: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. While most of the filming was done in Australia, Eon’s fight with Agent Smith, the […]
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Spring is for Growing

May 20, 2024
And growing is just what the folks at TRP are doing. In fact, we’re blossoming! We recently won an REP from the City of San Francisco and are using it to transform what was San Francisco Community Recyclers into Building ReSources of San Francisco, Inc. (BRSF). The best part? We get to keep the expertise […]
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Where Have All the Buildings Gone?

Mar 20, 2024
Folks who are interested in landfill diversion and reuse might be curious about the fate of the country’s many vanished buildings. Where have they gone? Predominantly to landfills and recycling, I regret to say. “But wait,” you ask. “Don’t we have vibrant reuse businesses throughout the U.S.? And a national building materials reuse association?” Maybe. […]
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