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Newsletter 1/2011


In April 2011 was the official kick-off of the project CERREC – Central Europe Repair & Re-use Centres and Networks, implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.

9 partner organisations from 7 European countries (Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Slovakia) face the challenge of fulfilling the new requirements of the revised European Waste Framework Directive (WFD) which has to be adopted in national legislati on and implemented. Lead partner of the project is the Municipal Waste Management Associati on Mid-Tyrol (ATM) in Austria.

An active involvement of stakeholders on national and transnational level is crucial in order to expand the re-use policy development process. For the exceptional partnership, relevant national and regional stakeholders will build a transnational stakeholder group to share their expertise, knowhow as well best practise and recommendations on the practical as well as on the policy level.


A new form of waste treatment was introduced within the revised WFD waste hierarchy: “preparation for reuse”, with the aim to produce second hand products out of waste. The WFD had to be implemented into national law until December 12th, 2010. After this, practical implementation within local waste management structures has to be accomplished, which means that repair and reuse-centres and networks have to be established on a nationwide scale.

The project CERREC will foster preparation for reuse as a new form of waste treatment and take on the challenge to turn re-use to a core segment of waste management and to bring it on a broader mainstream.


CERREC aims at providing tools, developing strategies and promoting an ambitious implementation of the re-use requirements of the Waste Framework Directive. CERRECs objectives are to minimise waste and exploitation of natural resources as well to prolong product life cycles and create added values on a local and regional level by creating jobs or closing social gaps. The specific aim is to implement repair and re-use networks and centres adapted to the specific conditions of the participating Central Europe states. For that several tools will be developed like concepts for reuse networks and centres, a quality standard guideline, knowledge transfer and a handbook describing an accreditation system.

Main activities

  • identify national framework conditions for the implementation of Repair & Re-Use Centres and Networks (relevant waste streams, good practices, niche markets and productservice concepts through research, gathering of expertise and stakeholders in meetings and networking activities…)
  • identify national and transnational key stakeholders and involve them in the project (analysis and strategy for national implementation of reuse, establish expert exchange on a high level of quality and practical relevance)
  • develop accreditation procedures and quality standards for repair and re-use centres and networks and for re-use products
  • develop a transnational cooperation platform for transboundary exchange of reusable wastes and reuse products based on these quality standards and on regulations for transboundary shipments of waste
  • develop a toolbox with guidelines, manuals, strategies and good practice examples for regional reuse centres and networks compliant with the WFD and national legislations as well as with regional needs


On our website you can fi nd up-to-date information on general re-use and waste treatment topics as well as on specific project activities.

Project team

Leadpartner and financial management
Municipal Waste Management Association Mid-Tyrol (ATM);
Schwaz, Austria
Contact: Christian Leonhartsberger;
Phone: +435 242 624 00-26

Project coordinator and Repair and Reuse networks and centres
BAN Sozialökonomische BetriebsgmbH (BAN);
Contact: Sandra Meier;
Phone: +43 (0)316 71 23 09

Communication, knowledge management and dissemination
CZ Biom – Czech Biomass
Praha, Czech Republic
Contact: Jan Doležal;
Phone: +420 773 796 380

Stakeholder participation
Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd.;
Miscolc, Hungary
Contact: Zsolt István;
Phone: +36 46 560-119

Quality management and accreditati on system of re-use networks and centres
bag Arbeit e.V (bag Arbeit);
Berlin, Germany
Contact: Alina Simon;
Phone: +49(0) 30 28 30 58 10

Transnational exchange platform for repair and reuse
LAMORO Development agency
(LAMORO); Asti , Italy
Contact: Sonia Abluton;
Phone: +390 141 532  516

Other partners

Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship; Torún, Poland
Contact: Dorota Olga Olszewska;
Phone: +48 566 218 505

Province of Rimini; Rimini, Italy Contact: Emilio Urbinati;
Phone: +390 541 716 363

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STU Bratislava);
Bratislava, Slovakia
Contact: Peter Križan;
Phone: +421 57 29 65 37

CERREC This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-fi nanced by the ERDF.

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