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Newsletter 2/2012

1st year of the project CERREC

The project CERREC started its second year of operation. The CERREC team can look back on many highlights of the previous year as well as on events realised. The focus of the first year of the project CERREC was on the national stakeholder participation process, public relation activities, gathering data concerning the re-use conditions in the partner countries and the work on the first concepts for implementation of re-use and repair networks and centres.

You can find detailed information about currently realised outputs of the project here:

  • Stakeholder participation process

To identify and structure the framework conditions for re-use implementation in the partner countries, to make them available for the partnership, to discuss opportunities for mutual learning from each other’s situations, visions and developments, a common CERREC vision of implementing re-use in Central Europe (CE) and the national and/or regional stakeholder participation processes are crucial for the project. This should also be a kind of transfer and exchange process for discussion, expertise and evaluation for the development of outputs that are prepared within the project.

  • Transnational Stakeholder participation

To exchange regional / national points of view, to learn from each other and to develop transnational synergies – also for the time after the project, a transnational stakeholder exchange group is foreseen in the project. This will be supported by a transnational stakeholder policy statement of the CERREC countries.

  • Good practice database

Within CERREC we are working on a good practice database where successful systems and companies in and out of Central Europe are collected and presented. The database will be published on the CERREC web site (see

  • National reports on the framework conditions for re-use

The aim of national reports is to document specific framework conditions for the implementation of re-use activities in participating CE countries. Investigations concerning the national backgrounds and actual situations were carried out. Every project country compiled a report evaluating figures and facts on waste structures, amounts of re-usable items, market potentials and the socio-economic situation considering their national conditions. Based on these reports a common summarized report will be extracted.

  • Pilot actions

By the end of 2012 in at least four different CE regions pilot actions will be started. The goals of the pilot actions are to get first insights into the implementation processes (success factors, barriers,) as well as to elaborate the real outputs for further implementation (final business plans,
recommendations for improvements for the implementation process, allocation of roles and responsibilities). The realisation of the pilot actions aim at testing the implementation model and the requirements and quality standards developed within the project.

More detailed information about the first pilot activities is available in the following article.

  • Implementation handbook for accredited repair and re-use centres

The aim of the handbook is to show different opportunities for interested organisations or authorities to build up networks for repair and re-use activities that can be accredited with regard to the national waste management regulations.

The test version of the handbook will contain models for re-use centres and networks, descriptions of financial aspects for implementation, a model communication concept and legal and other background information. The final version of the implementation handbook will be based on the recommendations from the evaluation of the pilot actions and will be published of the web based CERREC toolbox and exchange platform too.

  • Quality management and accreditation system of re-use networks and centres

Repair and re-use networks and centres should ensure quality management and official acknowledgement on certain levels. Therefor quality standards for the re-use process chain will be prepared, based on the identification of quality needs within each section of the process chain. Later on, a modular accreditation system for different forms of regional repair and re-use networks and centres based on the quality standards and the requirements approved during national/regional stakeholder group meetings will be developed. This quality management system will include quality criterias for all steps of the re-use process chain.

  • Transnational exchange platform for repair and re-use

The web-based exchange platform for repair and re-use is one of the most important sustainable activities of the project. It shall ensure that the cooperation between the CERREC partners will continue even after the end of the project.

This transnational exchange platform will provide specific know how on re-use and information on repair services. Moreover it shall be an exchange platform for re-usable waste items, used spare parts and refurbished products to meet the needs in every region.

Core topics for the remainder of 2012

For the remaining year 2012 the CERREC team will work on the further dissemination of the project topics and on the support of national stakeholder participation processes. Favourable conditions for re-use implementation as well as pros and cons will be assessed during the workshops with all relevant stakeholders. Beside the national stakeholder meetings, transnational EAB meetings of national experts will be held. Furthermore, the test version of the implementation handbook will be put into practice and pilot actions in 4 regions will start.

The preparation of an accreditation system for re-use and repair centres based on quality standards and the elaboration of a start-up version of a transnational exchange platform for repair and re-use are also main activities that started this year.

Partners and experts meetings within the CERREC

Already two partner meetings took place in 2012. The second General Transnational Meeting was arranged in Asti/Italy (20/2/2012-21/2/2012) and third General Transnational Meetings was organised in Toruń/Poland (4/6/2012-6/6/2012). The project partners presented their first tangible outputs and the further steps were discussed in detail. The first drafts and strategies of the CERREC web based communication platform, the operation of the CERREC online good practise database and the processes of identifying national conditions for re-use in the participating countries were discussed at this meeting. Furthermore, the core outputs of the project such as the test version of the implementation handbook, the development of quality standards for the re-use process chain and the initial concepts for the transnational concept platform were introduced and discussed within the project team during these events.

Expert Advisory Board meeting

The first meeting of the Expert Advisory Board (EAB), which took place on the 6th of June 2012 in Toruń, was one of the most anticipated events of this period. The EAB was set up at the beginning of the project with the aim to review achieved results regarding feasibility, sustainability and transferability. The experts of the EAB will monitor the overall project implementation.

Many external guests from almost all partner countries including experts with different waste treatment backgrounds participated in the meeting.
After a short round of introduction of the external EAB members the latest facts, numbers and next steps of the CERREC project were presented.
During the meeting the outcomes of the national reports on the framework conditions for re-use as well as the models for the implementation of re-use networks and centres were presented to the experts. The most valuable part for the EAB experts was a discussion about the definition of re-use and the status of re-use within the waste regime. With regard to the European waste hierarchy re-use activities can take place either on the first (waste prevention) or on the second level (preparation for re-use).

Outcome of the Expert Advisory Board meeting

To sum up, you can say that the framework and starting conditions, even the implementation status of the European legislation, are differing in the project countries. Due to this differing situations the project needs a lot of know how exchange between the partners and inputs from the external experts from the EAB.

The expert advisory board (EAB) will take place 2 times a year. It will address special interests and needs of stakeholders in all partner countries and will support the re-use implementation in the participating countries. The next meeting of the EAB will be held in Budapest, on the 27th of September 2012. For more information do not hesitate to contact the project partner in your country.

Results of the surveys on national framework conditions

What are the framework conditions for the implementation of re-use in Central-Europe?

One of the core activities of the CERREC project was the survey on the actual national re-use framework conditions in each partner country. The survey covered the following project related subjects:

  • Legislation – concerning the implementation status of the European Waste Framework Directive 2008 which demands the implementation of re-use activities;
  • Environment – estimations concerning the amount of re-usable waste and related waste management structures;
  • Social economy – revealing the employment conditions, their demands and potentials;
  • Education – focusing on existing re-use related programmes;
  • State of the art – reviewing the existing structures, organisations and companies on re-use network activities;
  • Public awareness – surveying general public opinions and awareness on re-use and their intentions to co-operate;
  • Economic conditions and market potential – concerning the demand and supply of re-usable items and general intentions on re-use network activities.

National reports have been compiled in every CERREC partner country and one summarized report concluding the overall situation and findings has been elaborated.

The situation of re-use in Central Europe is characterised by the project partners (PP) as follows:

Summary of the conclusions of PPs on related topics

Legislation Beneficial Neutral Beneficial Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral
Environment Beneficial Beneficial Beneficial Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral
Social economy Beneficial Beneficial Beneficial Beneficial Beneficial Beneficial Beneficial
State-of-the-art Beneficial Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral Neutral
Public awareness Neutral Beneficial Neutral Beneficial Neutral Neutral Beneficial
Economic conditions and market potentials Beneficial Beneficial Neutral Neutral Beneficial Beneficial Neutral

As you can see above, no parameter has been characterised as obstructive by any partner from the aspect of re-use network activities. One common result of the survey is the fact that the social economy benefits from the implementation of re-use networks and centres. Considering the overall ratio the lowest “beneficial rate” arises at the parameter “existing re-use structures”. The re-use system is less developed in all Central European countries, especially in the eastern part. Besides this the legal framework is also problematic, as it is much closer to neutral than to beneficial. It seems that the legislation – where re-use is already implemented into national law – does not entirely support re-use.

The PR work for re-use should be considerably extended. Although there is a demand for re-used products all over CE, there is a lack of knowledge on donation possibilities, fitting collection systems, refurbishment and repair services and shopping facilities. Regarding the second-hand products, the main issues are the

  • product marketing, product quality and warranty, which can be improved by using recognised/universal quality standards and communicating those facts to the general public.
  • high obsolescence and wrong collection treatment of products in the bulky waste stream results in a lack of re-usable products in some countries.

Considering the financial feasibility of re-use, the personnel costs for the treatment of re-use goods are most crucial. An available support can be the funding for employment of long time unemployed or disabled people. Already existing initiatives in the developed CE countries get this support for their activities, usually from regional funds.

According to the results of national studies, there is high potential for the establishment of re-use centres and networks in CE countries. There are some well identified burdens that have to be handled and managed, but solving these problems can result in a successful re-use business activity throughout the European member states.

Illustration: second-hand shop in Graz

– Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd.

From paper into practice – starting the first pilot actions

Under the umbrella of the CERREC project the project team induced and supported the launch of the first two pilot actions in Burgenland and Tyrol – two provinces of Austria. First of all a group of stakeholders was set up to develop the best solutions for the regional implementation of re-use activities.

The Austrian project partners ARGE waste prevention and ATM organized several workshops in Burgenland and Tyrol to support the establishment of re-use networks. One focus was the coordination of several stakeholders with different backgrounds and visions and the definition of common goals and road maps for the implementation.

With the active involvement of local stakeholders and experts (representatives of waste management authorities, work integration social enterprises…) concepts, framework conditions, potentials and capacities of the network partners have been evaluated and discussed in order to find the right strategies in both regions for setting up repair and re-use centres and networks. These strategies will include solutions for overcoming the main barriers for the implementation as limited resources and capacities, lack of availability of re-usable items and legal constraints.

The goal is the development of a business plan for the implementation and to start with first pilot activities in both regions within the next months.

– ARGE Waste Prevention, Resources Protection and Sustainable Development Ltd.

TransWaste Final Conference

“Less waste, more resources – Re-use and the informal sector in Europe”

On Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th of September 2012 the final conference of the Central Europe project TransWaste will take place in Budapest. The aim of the event is to bring together people and/or organisations that are active in the field of re-use and/or the informal sector in waste management to give the possibility to learn about and to discuss different case studies and solutions for the re-use idea with a special focus on the informal sector. Besides international exchange of experience also the main project results and case studies of the TransWaste project will be presented.

For more details please check out the information brochure incl. the agenda (download PDF)!

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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