REUSEMED in Italy highlights Daccapo, a public-private partnership that manages to reuse more than 50 tons of clothing, furniture and other goods per year


The Daccapo project, created in 2014 as a result of a collaboration between Caritas Diocesana, the Ascolta La Mia Voce Association and waste management companies in Cappanori and Lucca (Italy), ensures the collection and reuse of dozens of tons of objects and utensils per year.

In 2014, Caritas Diocesana, the Ascolta la Mia Voce Association and the waste management companies of Cappanori, Ascit and Sistema Ambiente, joined forces to contribute to reducing the number of objects and materials that end up in landfills, recovering and donating or selling them at low prices to people with low incomes. From the result of this union was born the Daccapo project, today part of the Nanìna Social Cooperative, which every year collects and donates or resells at very low prices dozens of tons of clothes, furniture or other consumer items.

With an initial investment of about 15,000 euros and the work of a group of volunteers who promoted the initiative, Daccapo set up a warehouse for the collection of objects and a second-hand store, both infrastructures lent free of charge by waste management companies. Thanks to that, interested persons can deposit the objects they do not use directly in the warehouse or request dismantling and home collection, a service for which a small donation is required.

Subsequently, a selection is made of those objects that can be recovered. Afterwards, those objects are either donated free of charge to people in need (22% of the clothes and 24% of the furniture collected in 2020), or sold in the second-hand store upon payment of a small donation (16% of the clothes and 30% of the furniture collected in 2020).

In 2018, the Daccapo project became part of the Nanìna Social Cooperative, which includes other associations working in the field of solidarity reuse: the Pedala bicycle workshop and the Quindi tailor shop, which favor the use of recycled materials. The Cooperative currently has 16 employees and about 25 volunteers, as well as a variable number of interns and people performing civil service activities. The success of the project is clearly reflected in its figures. According to the latest available data, a total of 28 tons of clothing and 35 tons of furniture were collected in 2020, despite the impact of Covid-19.

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.