Large volumes of waste and waste water, poor air and water quality, high levels of ambient noise, lack of integrated environmental management are relevant issues in any functional urban area. Reuse is a highly relevant approach to tackle them. Despite recent improvements at transnational level there is still a highly fragmented decision making landscape in this field. SURFACE aims to improve environmental management and quality of life in functional urban areas through the establishment of multi-stakeholder based Smart Re-Use Parks.
The project aims to establish harmonised and evidence-based decision making in the field of waste prevention and reuse where:
Ljubljana, he wonderful Slovenian capital, has hosted the second SURFACE general meeting.
Besides two earnest days of project meetings and consultations, the event has also hosted the ReWEEE workshop, organized by Project Partner RREUSE, with members of project ReWEEE funded by programme LIFE and dealing with the re-use of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Europe
SURFACE PP BZN has participated to the V4 Waste Recycling XXI International Conference, an event that aims to strengthen the intersectoral partnerships in environmental research and waste recycling, delivering knowledge transfer in science and technology.
During the conference BZN relator has explained SURFACE to the audience
On 18 January 2018, the European Commission published proposals to revise the current VAT directive, part of an effort to create a harmonised and simplified VAT system across the EU. The proposals are now under the scrutiny of the European Parliament which is set to formalise its opinion during a plenary sitting in October this year. Nevertheless, at a later stage the ultimate decision on the final rules rests in the hands of national governments.
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In Europe 77% of citizens would be willing to have their goods repaired but hardly ever do because it is too expensive for them to do so . Re-use and repair activities need to be made cheaper in order for Europe to keep the value of products and prevent wasting resources.
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The Austrian city of Graz has become a non-proclaimed European capital of repair following the introduction of a new funding programme encouraging households to repair rather than replace their electronic devices. Launched in 2017, the scheme gives citizens the opportunity to be reimbursed for up to 50 % of repair costs amounting to a maximum of 100 EUR per year.
AERESS, the Spanish association of social and solidarity enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling is calling on its government to introduce VAT exemptions for second-hand products. Used goods that have been recovered from the waste stream through ‘preparing for re-use’ and put back on the second-hand market by social enterprises should be a subject to zero percent VAT rate. A new study issued by AERESS shows that the monetary loss of the VAT contributions would be negligible compared to the positive impact on job creation and waste reduction. Click here to read more
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ZAK - Kaufhois
The benefits and function of second hand department store in Kempten - Germany
ZAK - Recycle center
How the recycle center efficiently operates in Kempten - Germany
IURS inspirational video
Let inspire your city to start own reuse project. This video was made thanks to SURFACE project supported by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE
CPU - FUA Ljubljana
With reuse to a healthy environment
ZAK - Kaufhois opening
The new second hand department store opened in Kempten - Germany
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SURFACE has hosted ReWEEE, a workshop organised in the framework of the ReWEEE project to talk about the opportunities offered by the re-use of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Europe.
More than 20 polish representatives visited the city of Brno in Czech Republic on 24. 5. 2018. They came to see and learn how the city of Brno established their RE-USE programme. The visit happened thanks to the SURFACE project and network.
Insieme Cooperative hosted a hand workshop addressed to adult people about reuse starting from bike spare parts. It was purposely done one day before the local day of sensitization on sustainable mobility where in the whole city the use of the car is forbidden.
Reusing furniture and small appliances and not throwing it away - this is what the partners of the EU project "Surface" (Smart Urban Reuse Flagship Alliances in Central Europe) have written for themselves. A 40-member delegation from nine European countries has now met for a two-day kick-off event in Kempten.
When the ZAK got involved in the EU-funded project "Surface" in the summer, only one thing was clear: in the future, even more things that would otherwise land in the bulky waste container and thus in the refuse incinerator should have a second one Opportunity to be reused. After all, avoiding waste is an important task of the Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz. Meanwhile, the idea of "ReUse", as the waste management experts call it, is taking shape at the ZAK. For example, ZAK will buy a second hand goods store in Kempten. Lindau has a closer cooperation with the Thrift store Chance conceivable.
In our entire special purpose area we draw from a large pool of those who work with their institution, e.g. Bulk garbage exchanges, used goods stores, repair cafes, employment projects, garment exchanges or meaningful clearing concepts make a major contribution to waste prevention, reuse strategies and already successfully implement their ideas for better sustainability.
Preventing waste and protecting resources, ZAK's Claudia Mayer sums up the ZAK's goal. ZAK's mission is to encourage the reuse of discarded furniture, appliances, toys, books and other items. The ZAK also wants to merge existing institutions and create a network. Even repair cafes and small craft shops that offer repairs, should be involved.
ZAK Managing Director Karl-Heinz Lumer calls this repair finder: he can imagine that citizens will find the various offers bundled on a website in the future.
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