The USE-REUSE network runs centres across the country which takes in unwanted but viable products before selling them on as second-hand goods.
Reuse centres within network carry out :
- environmental management with which they are implementing principles of reuse and recycling.
- focused on developing awareness about environmental services.
- provide work for hard-to-employ and disadvantaged persons
- selling second-hand goods
- working on increasing awareness about waste generation and reusing old things and sustainable consumption
They encourage and promote the re-use of already applied products, carried out up cycling products and transformed into a new unique masterpiece. They are members of international net RREUSE.
Reuse centres encourage activities of environmental services, reuse and recycling, sustainable consumption, awareness and education, care for people and environment.
They are qualified as social enterprise.
Financial support by Ministry of the Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities through The European Social Fund (in total 548.863 EUR). Support through different programs to promote employment for vulnerable groups in amount 50.542 EUR.
Evidence of success
Providing social and solidarity economy, environment protection and recycling and up-cycling. Cooperation with local environment in field of solidarity economy and environment protection within their nine reuse centres. Employed 11 people. They reduced amount of waste landfilled for more than 34 tonnes. Concrete results are processed 135 tons of products (in 2016), 191.587 sold different products, reduced 162,000 kg of CO2, saved 181 kg of oil and reduced 135 tones of methane.
Potential for learning or transfer
This GP has potential to be transferred into other regions because waste management is one of the key topics in environmental policies of at the EU level. Reuse and recycling/upcycling are at the top of the EU adopted waste management hierarchy, therefore the approach of establishing the network of similar reuse centres should be of interest for all EU regions, as it would contribute to waste reduction on one hand and generating the value added and preserving it in the local environment. Combining the concept of waste reuse centres with the concept of social entrepreneurship this can be good business model. Engaging different local stakeholders can improve the relationship in the community where the centres are located, thus contributing to well-being of the community where they are located.
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