About this good practice
The VIMR mainly restores electrical and electronic appliances (TVs, washing machines, etc.) or combustion engine appliances (lawnmowers).
At the VIMR Resource Centre, everything is recycled, including the solar panels that make up the walls of the repair workshop, which provide autonomous lighting.
The association offers local services to the population, encourages the emergence of eco-citizen actions, and also contributes to improving the quality of life on its territory.
The VIMR Resource Centre regularly organises repair and upcycling workshops on WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical and Electronic Equipment) for children (for instance making a wind turbine from fans).
The VIMR Resource Centre has a storage warehouse and a repair workshop of 500 m2 and 3 solidarity sales outlets with a total area of 180 m2
It has an agreement with CIREST to collect WEEE that can be repaired
The structure is self-financed by the resale of spare parts and repaired products.
Evidence of success
The VIMR Resource Centre currently employs 8 salaried workers in integration and welcomes young volunteers in training. The VIMR distinguished itself at the first ecology and sustainable development fair with the manufacture of its low-voltage solar power kits for repaired household appliances. These kits can be used in isolated areas that are not linked to the network.
Potential for learning or transfer
The initiative can be replicated in other regions. For the success of these initiatives, the promoter must be able to build a team that is active in both the technical and circular economy aspects and concerned with the solidarity economy.