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
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

8
Partners
4
Countries
38
Technical outputs

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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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REUSEMED survey shows that nearly two out of three residents of New Deir Alla (Jordan) buy second-hand goods

Almost all of the city's inhabitants are calling for the opening of more second-hand facilities to encourage reuse.

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REUSEMED in Italy highlights Daccapo, a public-private partnership that reuses more than 50 tons of goods per year

The Nanina Social Cooperative has been responsible for the project since 2018, employs 16 people and has some 25 volunteers among its ranks

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Italy: REUSEMED is looking for a support to project management and project implementation

The deadline for the submission of the application is the 20th of October 2021.

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REUSEMED in Spain identifies municipal networks to give a second life to old clothes

In Spain, municipalities and local organisations work together to promote the reuse of clothes, giving jobs to people at risk of exclusion and preserving the environment.

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A second-hand textbook market in Italy, a benchmark of reuse for REUSEMED

The average annual cost of textbooks in Italy is 310 euros per high school student. To reduce this cost, the municipality of Cappanori with a student association promote secon…

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A Jordanian project to reuse wool yarns to produce new garments, example of best practice for REUSEMED

The initiative Manual Wool Works, promoted by a resident of Deir Allaa, in the northwest of the country, has succeeded in arousing the inter…

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REUSEMED focuses on the ‘Conserve’ project for the recovery of fresh agricultural products

The initiative, which involves 5 municipalities in the Italian province of Luca, avoids food waste and facilitates the reintegration of people in the production system. Both a…

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Civic amenity sites transformed in Cantabria for the reuse of bulky waste, a fine model for REUSEMED project’s partners

The civic services of Torrelavega and Santander invest through the company Mare about 22,000 euros in conditioning temporary storage areas, …

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REUSEMED project highlights need to develop reuse strategies in Mediterranean municipalities

Different experiences regarding the inclusion of reuse in waste management strategies were discussed during a workshop which took place on 8 and 9 of June 2021.

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REUSEMED project to unveil good practices on reuse

On the 8th and 9th of June, REUSEMED is organising a workshop to share the experiences on reuse that partners from Spain, Jordan, Tunisia, Italy have collected over the last months.

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REUSEMED is looking for technical assistance service for the communication of the project in Spain

SADECO, the Lead Beneficiary of REUSEMED, is searching for technical assistance with the communication activities of the project.

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Spain: the REUSEMED project is looking for an external auditor

SADECO, the Lead Beneficiary of REUSEMED Project, and ANEPMA, project partner, are looking for an external auditor to carry out the audit services for SADECO, ANEPMA and the Project.

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Spain: REUSEMED is looking for technical assistance service for the management of the project

SADECO, the Lead Beneficiary of REUSEMED project, is looking for a company that can provide technical assistance to the partnership for the management of the project.

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Practical training session in reporting for REUSEMED project

On the 6th of May, the Partners of REUSEMED Project received a training session organised by the ENI CBC Med and carried out by the Joint Technical Secretariat focus on showing the practical use of the reportin…

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REUSEMED project organized an internal workshop to explain how the reporting process works

The coordination of REUSEMED project delivereda workshop based on the training received from ENI CBC Med team in February to help partners prepare for the first interim report…

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The REUSEMED project is looking for a European project manager in Tunisia

The Municipality of Sakiet Ezzit is looking for a European project manager to assist in the coordination of the project at the municipality.

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Italy: the REUSEMED is looking for an external auditor

The Municipality of Cappanori launches a call for hiring external audit services for the validation of the costs incurred within REUSEMED project.

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