Observer of the Working group: Better Knowledge – Draft Action 6: Promote Urban Resource Centres for waste prevention, re-use and recycling

The Partnership aims to facilitate for the establishment of so-called “Urban Resources Centre” in the Circular Economy – physical centres that enable sustainable consumption within a city, education on waste prevention measures, sustainable consumption and facilitate for more re-use, repair and recycling. This will be done through acquiring more knowledge on the impact and different functions of these centres, as well as the opportunity for funding.

Facilitate the establishment of Urban Resource Centres – designated multifunctional places within cities for waste prevention, repair and re-use which:

  • Stimulate education/communication/awareness raising amongst businesses and citizens;
  • Encourage the social economy (including the collaborative economy) and social cohesion;
  • Act as an incubator, collaborating with local companies to develop sustainable and circular business models.

Partners: the City of Oslo, The Hague, Prato, Porto, Kaunas and Flanders region. The Member States are Finland, Poland, Slovenia and Greece. The European Commission is represented by DG REGIO, DG ENV, DG CLIMA, DG RTD, and DG GROW. Further members are the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), Eurocities, URBACT, and the European Investment Bank (EIB). In the course of the work,  the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource management (ACR+) has joined as stakeholder. In addition, the partnership received expert input from external stakeholders including ICLEI, Europa Decentraal, RReuse, OuiShare, and the University of Nijmegen (NL).

More information here.