The ReUse People

The ReUse People reduces the solid waste stream and changes the way the built environment is renewed by salvaging building materials and distributing them for reuse.

The ReUse People is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization.

Retail Sales of Used Building Materials

Retail Sales of Used Building Materials

How TRP Benefits Homeowners

  • Deconstruction instead of Demolition
  • Remodels and partial deconstructions 
  • Tax Deductible Donations of Building Materials
  • Buy Used Building Materials 
Deconstruction Workers

Deconstruction Services

Construction Professionals

General contractors, architects, project managers

  • Deconstruction
  • Building Material Salvage
  • Consulting
  • Training
  • Donations
Deconstruction Training & Consulting

Deconstruction Training & Consulting

City Officials, NGOs, Social Enterprise Organizations

  • Training Programs
  • Consulting


Deconstruction Worker on RoofSince 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

de·con·struc·tion \dē’kən-ˈstrək-shən\ noun. 1. the act or result of taking  something apart, carefully separating and saving its individual components: The house was deconstructed and the building materials were salvaged for reuse. 2. The principle process by which reusable building materials are kept out of landfills. 3. A set of procedures that supplies used building materials for retail at greatly reduced prices.

TRP Opens Its “1950’s Retro Retreat”

These days I spend about one week of every month at the TRP Oakland office. The rest of the time I’m either traveling or working from my home, in San Diego. While in Oakland, I stay in a TRP-leased duplex in San Leandro.

As my time in Oakland has decreased, TRP has turned the rental into an AirBnB, available during those weeks it would otherwise sit vacant.