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.

NEWS

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

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



ZAK - Kaufhois opening
The new second hand department store opened in Kempten - Germany 


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SURFACE World

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

TEAM

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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Start Date

01.07.2017

End Date

30.06.2020