The SURFACE project brought together 10 partners from Central Europe (AUT, BEL, CZE, DEU, HUN, ITA, PL, SLO) with the aim to set up Multi-Stakeholder based Smart Re-Use parks as a possible solution for increasing sustainability in selected functional urban areas. The involved regions benefitted from the transnational cooperation through know-how-exchange and learning from best practice examples. This knowledge exchange was especially addressed with the regularly held Multi-Stakeholder-Fora and the Twinning Learning Journeys.


Highlights of the project

• 5 Smart Re-use Parks (SRP) were launched in IT, AT, DE, PL, HU including two digital platforms

• 4 Feasibility studies were carried out for future SRP in IT, CZ, SI, HR

• 18 regions and cities in total were working on the set-up of SRP: The impact of the project increased twofold through the ‘Twinning scheme’ where each partner region engaged a ‘twin’ partner interested in replicating the SRP

• 586 stakeholders involved, 254 activities and events organised, 1 346 468 people engaged, 253 jobs created, 1 607 610 kg of waste prevented

• Cooperation continues: The consortium committed to keep supporting each other and boost re-use even after the project end through regular online calls every 6 months

Project results

• Project final infographics: What are SRP and what impact was achieved?

• YouTube Channel: Collection of video stories of re-use from CE and beyond

• Digital SRP in Austria and Germany and four physical SRP in Germany, Hungary, Italy and Poland• Activation Toolbox: A set of open source documents and tools to help start a Smart Re-use Park

• Implementation of the Re-use Box in many countries

• Open source final Conference materials


The results helped to improve environmental management and quality of life of the involved FUAs in the CE programme area through reducing waste streams, creating jobs, offering new trainings and boosting boosting investments, creating a set of tools for harmonized and evidence based decision making setting in the field of waste prevention and re-use.

PILOT ACTIONS

ACTIVATION TOOLBOX

activation toolbox documents


SURFACE PUBLICATIONS

SURFACE is on YouTube

Follow us in our dedicated YouTube channel where our videos are published

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxZgsreLSc3J_1X9mpsQk6A


These are our last published videos


Recycle is Silver, Reuse is Gold
What Surface motto recalls in Italian street people

Vicenza SRP Virtual Tour
Due to Covid-19 emergency SURFACE Twinning partners have met online for a virtual journey of Vicenza SRP



Online Twinning meeting in Vicenza
On 22nd of April the 4th Twinning Learning Journey of the Interreg CE project SURFACE took place as an online webinar. Cooperativa Sociale Insieme gave a detailed insight into the Smart Re-Use Park (SRP) Vicenza, which was installed as a pilot action within the SURFACE project.



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


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TEAM

SURFACE World

03.2020

News

How CPU Reuse Center Slovenia responded to Coronavirus challenges

CPU during Coronavirus emergency helped the population by creating protective hygiene masks as part of measures to maintain green jobs and assist people

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CPU-Corona2

22-23.11.2018

Event

MAKING RE-USE MAINSTREAM BY GETTING EVERYONE ON BOARD

The event, RREUSE’s 2nd international conference, tackled how to make re-use a natural and convenient choice for consumers and encourage public, private and social enterprises to collaborate closely in the field.

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News

Opinion: Making products repairable and reusable

Even though 77 % of EU citizens would rather have their products fixed than replaced by new [1], too many electronics, textiles and furniture items still get dumped. This is a missed opportunity for the environment and the creation of local meaningful jobs in the EU.

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News

RREUSE COMMENTS ON EU VAT RULE PROPOSALS

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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News

SPANISH STUDY SHOWS ZERO TAXATION ON SECOND-HAND GOODS NOT A ‘LOSS’ TO STATE BUDGET

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

24.01.2018

News

SURFACE Launch Event - Press Conference

During Project General Meeting, SURFACE has ben officially launched and presented to local media.
The event has taken place at the new Kempodium premises in Kempten, Germany

SURFACE Launch Event - Press Conference

Project Partners

SURFACE has 10 partners from 8 central European countries
Plus 1 partner from a country outside Central Europe

RREUSE -  Reuse and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises - BELGIUM -  www.rreuse.org

contacts

ASSOCIATED PARTNERS

City of Graz  Department of Environmental Protection -

AUSTRIA

Municipality of Ljubljana -

Slovenia

municipality of vicenza -

italy

city of kempten - 

germany

Europa Kujaw i Pomorza Association - 

 Poland

Humana nova Zagreb, Social cooperative -

croatia

City of Zagreb -

CROATIA

Association of municipalities in catchment Basin Stonavka -

Czech Republic

City of brno -

Czech Republic

FKF Nonprofit Zrt. -

hungary

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PROJECT DURATION

Start Date

01.07.2017

End Date

30.06.2020