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:
The pittoresque town of Kempten, Germany, has hosted the first SURFACE general meeting. During two intense days of work, project partners have met and discussed current project status and the actions and activities scheduled for the next months. General meeting has represented an opportunity for all SURFACE participants to share ideas, experience and suggestions for the project.
During the event, SURFACE has hosted the first Advisory Board Meeting, where experts for Central Europe Countries have been invited to give their contribute about the future of Smart ReUse Parks
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
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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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Municipality of Ljubljana -
municipality of vicenza -
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Europa Kujaw i Pomorza Association -
Humana nova Zagreb, Social cooperative -
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Association of municipalities in catchment Basin Stonavka -
City of brno -
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