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REPURPOSE LIFE - REPURPOSE - equipping community groups in estates to reuse more, clear fly tipping and improve their local environment.

LIFE13 ENV/UK/000493


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Contact details:

Contact person: Rebekah Phillips
Tel: +44 20 7922 1230
Email: Rebekah.phillips@groundwork.org.uk



Project description:

Background

Repurpose focused on addressing one of the EUs key environmental challenges, waste. The project was developed in response to the flagship initiative A resource-efficient Europe under the EU2020 strategy and translates its commitments into a transferable approach for establishing locally developed, enterprise-led solutions for re-use in social housing contexts. The UK, in common with all other EU member states, has placed the responsibility for collection and management of waste on local and regional government. Over the last twenty or so years, this role has moved from one of simple waste collection to the introduction of recycling services and, latterly, an increased focus on re-use and waste prevention. This has been delivered with varying degrees of success, with one particularly challenging area being the provision of such services in high and low rise housing estates.


Objectives

The Repurpose project supported residents to create their own social enterprises, turning redundant spaces into re-use hubs to collect, store and repair bulky re-use items and provide alternatives to fly tipping. This was complemented by an in-depth engagement and behaviour change programme to tackle the root causes of fly-tipping and encourage positive environmental action. The objectives were as follows: 1. Increased levels of re-use of bulky items in target estates

  • To increase re-use in target estates by building links with local community re-use organisations, as well as tenants and residents associations;
  • training community groups on how to collect, repair and re-use bulky waste; building community collection, repair and re-use hubs in unused spaces within estates and offering empty flat clearance services in agreement with local re-use organisations.
  • 2. Reduced incidences of fly-tipping on target estates
  • To reduce incidences of fly-tipping on target estates by enabling community groups to clear bulky waste themselves, and identify items for re-use;
  • Raising awareness of fly-tipping amongst community groups in estates;
  • Enabling community to identify problem areas and individuals regarding fly-tipping.
  • 3. Increased skills and income for community groups on target estates
  • To increase skills and income for community groups on target estates by establishing re-use depots/repair centres on estates using redundant space;
  • Using community re-users/repairers to train community groups in repair skills;
  • Setting up pop-up shops and other outlets for community groups to derive income and to supply affordable goods to new tenants moving in; and
  • li>Linking re-use and recycling project activity with accredited training and offering repair service for household goods.


    Results

    Repurpose provided a new approach to the collection and management of waste. It supported residents in creating their own social enterprises, turning redundant spaces into re-use hubs to collect, store and repair bulky re-use items and provide alternatives to fly tipping. This was complemented by an in-depth engagement and behaviour change programme to tackle the root causes of fly-tipping and encourage positive environmental action. Viable hubs were created in five estates of differing characteristics. This has enabled the project team to create an Implementation Guide that is extremely flexible and that can be replicated in other locations. The project achieved a number of excellent results. These include: Increased levels of re-use of bulky items in target estates: The project collected 6868 items, a total of 98 tonnes, for reuse thus preventing it from entering landfill. This translates as 53.8 tCO2e of carbon savings (assuming 1.01 tonnes CO2 per tonne of furniture and 3.57 tonnes CO2/tonne of appliances). Reduced incidences of fly-tipping on target estates: 72% of items collected were donated from residents and therefore, there was no incentive or need to dispose of via fly-tipping. Fly-tipping monitoring indicates an average 19% reduction (range 16-40%) across three of the estates. Increased skills and income for community groups on target estates: 3416 residents were involved in 105 events and 349 residents were trained through 61 skills workshops. 79 volunteers were also engaged on the projects and seven paid job roles were created. One of the projects key strengths were the socioeconomic benefits it created. They include a strong engagement programme with residents, housing partners and the wider waste industry; enhanced social inclusion and community engagement through events and volunteering including vulnerable groups; the creation of jobs; and a reduce in demand on housing association resources, hardship funds and resident income. An overall estimate of almost 700,000 in social value has been made on benefits accrued to date. Furthermore, the behaviour change programme demonstrated a shift in attitude for engaged residents with regards to re-use, recycling and fly-tipping. 68% of those residents involved in the project reported that they now "reuse more, throw fewer items away, fly-tip less and recycle more". Furthermore, housing partners and landlords have become more aware of and focused of the issues of bulky waste and fly-tipping. Repurpose also inputted into local and London-wide environmental waste reduction policy through its stakeholder engagement and Steering Group activity and network. It directly addressed and supported three key pieces of European Legislation: The Landfill Directive; The Waste Framework Directive Article 11 section (2)(a); and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The re-use hubs created are being continued into the legacy period and housing partners are committed to sustaining and mainstreaming them. Replication has already been initiated in new London boroughs and the project's high quality guidance resources should facilitate further uptake in the future. Further information on the project can be found in the project's layman report and After-LIFE Communication Plan (see "Read more" section).


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Environmental issues addressed:

Themes

Waste - Waste use
Information - Governance - Environmental training - Capacity building
Waste - Municipal waste (including household and commercial)


Keywords

environmental training‚  repair business‚  environmentally responsible behaviour‚  waste management‚  urban area‚  waste recycling


Target EU Legislation

  • Waste
  • Directive 1999/31 - Landfill of waste (26.04.1999)

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable


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Beneficiaries:

Coordinator Groundwork London
Type of organisation NGO-Foundation
Description Groundwork London (GWL) is an environmental regeneration charity that has been operating in London for nearly 20 years. GWL currently delivers over 600 projects each year, the majority in the Capital’s most disadvantaged communities, spanning across our three thematic areas:
  • Improving people’s prospects – delivering support to increase the confidence, skills, well-being and employability of those furthest removed from the labour market, in particular young people
  • Promoting greener living and working – helping people and businesses learn more about their environmental impact and act responsibly to reduce natural resource use and improve their health; and
  • Creating better places – supporting people to work collectively to make their surroundings greener, safer and healthier and be actively involved in the way decisions are made about services in their area.
  • Partners London Community Resource Network (LCRN), United Kingdom Middlesex University, United Kingdom

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    Project reference LIFE13 ENV/UK/000493
    Duration 21-JUL-2014 to 30-SEP -2017
    Total budget 1,122,721.00 €
    EU contribution 534,642.00 €
    Project location South East (UK)(United Kingdom)

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    Read more:

    Project web site Project's website
    Project web site - 2 Project's Twitter page
    Project web site - 2 Project's Facebook page
    Publication: After-LIFE Communication Plan After-LIFE Communication Plan
    Publication: Case study Repurpose: Customer Case Studies [549 KB]
    Publication: Layman report Layman report
    Publication: Technical report Project's Final technical report

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