The Smart Re-Use Park (SRP) of Kempten follows an area-wide approach and covers the functional urban area (FUA) of ZAK waste management.
The FUA comprises 48 municipalities and more than 300.000 inhabitants.
Within SURFACE project the physical and virtual SRP was established from ZAK (project partner 6) as main driver.
Some activities and services are offered directly from ZAK like collection of re-useable goods with the re-use box, preparation for re-use and selling in their stores. In certain cases, where ZAK is not running the activities itself, ZAK holds a share or giving funds (sponsoring) to actors like Unternehmen Chance, Kempodium (open workshop), etc.
For the remaining activities there is an informal cooperation with implementing actors (Social 2nd Hand Shops, repair cafes, food sharer, unpacked shops, rental shops). The number of actors (service providers) and activities offered in the region are constantly rising.
By the end of SURFACE at least 10 different services relating to sustainable life-style and prolonging product life-time are offered.
The feedback from general public is very positive and a raised awareness could be recognized.
ZAK will definitely continue to focus on the topic of re-use and repair in future and will try to extend the SRP activities to rural areas.
Additional info at:
Smart-Re-Use Park Kempten [Claudia Mayer, ZAK Waste Management Ltd.]