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:
reuse & waste prevention options become integrated options of environmental management strategies & action plans,
urban decision makers can share decisions,
multi-stakeholder cooperation schemes and Smart ReUse Parks action plans can be shared and used,
tested & validated pilots can be studied,
an increased set of immediately usable instruments can be adopted through twinning training schemes.
Recycle is Silver, Reuse is Gold What Surface motto recalls in Italian street people
Re-use in practice - stories from the Netherlands This video takes you on a trip to a re-use centre, where unwanted objects are given a new lease of life instead of ending up as waste. It showcases a social enterprise business model for second hand goods. The video is part of a series on different business models in re-use and repair and aims to highlight their social and environmental value.
Souvenirs from RREUSE's 2nd International Conference On the 22 – 23 November 2018, over 80 participants from 20 countries gathered in Nijmegen, Europe’s Green Capital 2018, for 2nd International RREUSE conference: Making the circular economy attractive, convenient and inclusive.
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
PoR SURFACE STORY #2 ReedoLab a very special second hand and repair store in Rimini - Italy
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