Better Knowledge - Draft Action 6: Promote Urban Resource Centres for waste prevention, re-use and recycling

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    Cristina (Commu...
    6 February 2018 - updated 2 months ago
    Total votes: 2
Start date: 
2018
Target date: 
2018

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Bottleneck to be addressed

The choices made by citizens in their everyday lives could either support or hinder cities’ transitions to a more circular economy. Cities are in a position to help, motivate, nudge or push their citizens in the right direction. Therefore, cities are in a position to facilitate their citizens’ reduction of waste and development of more sustainable consumption patterns. However, initial consultations with the Partnership and several other cities show that the social and behavioural side of a transition towards a circular economy and the role citizens play in this transition is still not adequately addressed at a local level. Also, in many cities today, there are no designated facilities that support and promote waste prevention, reuse and repair activities. There might be large recycling facilities for bulky waste, but these facilities do not necessarily promote waste prevention or reuse.

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Better Knowledge - Draft Action 6: Promote Urban Resource Centres for waste prevention, re-use and recycling

Objective

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. 

Output

The Partnership and the working group dedicated to this action will facilitate the establishment of Urban Resource Centres through the collection of knowledge and best practices. This will include collecting experience from existing centres and organise relevant stakeholders in a City network dedicated to facilitate for the establishment of these centres and also enable Peer to Peer exchange. 

The network would investigate funding opportunities, develop a guidance document for cities to set up such centres, and provide the interested cities with the opportunity to participate in Peer to Peer programmes with other experienced cities.

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