REUSEMED
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Mediterranean Basin Reuses

About the project

The Mediterranean area faces, on the one hand, a significant waste production and landfilling, and on the other hand, the production of huge quantities of reusable goods prematurely disposed for recycling, consequently maintaining the old linear economy of “produce, use and throw away”. With the aim to promote the culture of reuse for environmental sustainability, green employment and solidarity, REUSEMED proposes to create municipal networks based on reuse circuits for home appliances, furniture, books, clothes, Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment and food. To set up the networks, 4 cities in Spain, Italy, Jordan and Tunisia will design and test composting installations, food collection points in markets, repair and reuse centers, reuse corners in shops and repairing cafés. Moreover, an APP solution will interconnect managers and users of the different circuits. Even if  promoted by the local administrations in charge of waste management counting with the involvement of local stakeholder organizations, it is expected that the reuse networks will become self-sustainable in the mid-term, when revenues out of the sales of repaired products can finance the human resources and the maintenance of the infrastructures.

Key information

REUSEMED
Mediterranean Basin Reuses
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.2 Waste management
Spain, Jordan, Tunisia, Italy

Financial data

3.2 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

8
Partners
4
Countries
38
Technical outputs

Project duration

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Objective

To contribute to environmental protection in the Mediterranean area through the reduction of all fractions of municipal waste, via reuse networks, sociological changes in the consumption patterns and improved waste management policies

What will be improved?

The implementation of the reuse networks will allow mutual learning and improvement of local waste management plans towards capacity-building around reuse. In the mid-term, the project will reinforce the technical and operational capacities of partner municipalities and stakeholders, improve citizens’ awareness about unsustainable consumption and create new green jobs. In the long-term, it is expected to create full-time jobs and to increase local employment opportunities thanks to the training on repair, reuse and composting delivered during the project.  Finally, residents will increase their skills in terms of self and community composting.

Who will benefit?

  • Residents and visitors 
  • District associations
  • Local businesses, markets and hotels 
  • NGOs and associations 
  • Public authorities in charge of waste management in the partner cities 
     

Expected achievements

  • 4 maps of resources for reuse identifying the existing secondhand resources
  • 32 reuse circuits developed, 8 per partner city, covering the different fractions of waste
  • 13 food collection points in markets.
  • 13 repair and reuse centers installed in existing warehouses 
  • 31 reuse corners in shops for exhibition of reusable products
  • 18 repairing cafés 
  • 1 APP solution connecting users and managers of the reuse networks
  • 4 enhanced integrated solid waste management plans
     

Contribution to policy-making

The project is in line with the Europe 2020 strategy and the shift towards a circular economy, along with the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda. It contributes to the Barcelona Convention goals and implements the principles of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. Project’s organizations are regulators, promoters and incentive providers when it comes to waste management. They have full competences to mainstream reuse of waste into policies. The development of reuse at policy level in the waste management instruments of the partner cities and territories will also be innovative, as currently, reuse only exists theoretically. The intention is to inspire other cities and municipalities, through dissemination and capitalization efforts carried out with the support of the national organizations involved in the project.

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