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Newsletter 6/2014

Recent in the project:

5th Expert Advisory Board meeting in Berlin

On the 8th of April 2014 the final Expert Advisory Board (EAB) meeting within the CERREC project took place in Berlin. In total 27 experts and project partners discussed the current status of pilot activities in Austria and Italy as well as two position papers from RREUSE ( regarding “preparation for re-use standards” and “accredited re-use networks” that have been presented. obr1
Meeting of the expert advisory group of the CERREC project, Berlin (2014)



Quality Standards for re-use and repair centres and networks

CERREC handbook on quality management for the re-use and repair process chain

One of the main aims of the CERREC project was to develop transparent and universal quality standards that can be applied in all partner countries. These common standards will support the ongoing harmonization of differences in ecological standards and regional economies and help to raise the quantitative increase of re-use and repair.

It has been the task of Workpackage 5 (WP5), in cooperation with the transnational CERREC partners, to define quality standards for the process chain in re-use and repair centres and networks and make them applicable for individual companies.

Process-oriented quality management system by ISO 9001:2008, QM handbook


Issue of “used goods” transboundary shipment from the Austrian perspective

Re-use segment in Europe is growing. Unfortunately, it brings unwanted side effects such as waste and hazardous waste, declared as “used goods”, being exported to Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe. People and companies responsible for this problem constitute illegal exports aimed at disposing of those wastes at a low price in these countries, while circumventing European waste management regulations. At the same times, goods are often not re-used but wastes are recycled or disposed of under disastrous environmental and health conditions.


Re-use activities:

Re-Use Box – Collection system for small reusable items

Report on CERREC pilot activity in Graz, Austria

In course of the pilot activities on the topic of implementing repair and re-use centres and networks in Europe, the Austrian CERREC project partner BAN sozialökonomische BetriebsgmbH developed a so called Re-Use Box. With the support of the City of Graz and the Office of the State Government of Styria (Re-Use Group Graz and Re-Use Group Styria) a new collection system for small reusable items was set up. During the first pilot phase that combined of annual cleaning and waste prevention action, the Re-Use Box was presented to interested partners and especially to the citizens of Graz. obr1
Re-use shop BAN in Graz, one of the permanent distribution point of the Re-Use Boxes.


Re-use EVENT:

Invitation to the CERREC final conference in Prague

Re-use in Central Europe – From Policy to Practice

International conference of the CERREC project “Re-use in Central Europe – From Policy to Practice” will take place on the 4th November, 2014 in Prague. The conference will welcome public and experts interested in the current successes and persisting challenges of the repair and re-use sector.

The autumn conference will present unique opportunity for civil servants, representatives of municipalities, businesses, NGOs and experts of various backgrounds to discuss and find ways how to make re-use a natural part of waste management policies, measures and initiatives in Europe.



Austrian Re-Use Conference 2014 in Graz

The Austrian Re-Use Conference 2014 will be held in Graz, Styria, on July 2nd. The conference is organized by the ZERO WASTE AKADEMIE and will present the most visible event in re-use sector in Austria. On the event, experts from Belgium, France, Germany and Austria will discuss on different activities and developments in the field of practical re-use implementations on a European, national and regional level. obr1


REDESIGN+ AWARD 2014 – Call of submission for redesigned products and innovative product ideas

REuse & REdesign Plus
The third Redesign+ AWARD was announced in the course of the Program for transnational cooperation between Austria and Hungary 2007-2013. The announcement is addressed to Designers and students all over Europe.


CERREC project meeting:

7th General Transnational Meeting in Berlin, Germany

Already last but one CERREC project meeting took place on the 8th – 9th of April in Berlin. The meeting was organised by the German partner, bag Arbeit. These two intensive days brought not only the familiar project issues of General Transnational Meeting, but also interesting topics and discussions of the Expert Advisory Group meeting (read more here).
On 9th April, both project partners and external experts, have a possibility to visit a local social enterprise FAIRKAUFHAUS, that is focusing on employment and integration of people with mental disabilities in re-use centre for textile, furniture and small household items.
CERREC project team at the GTM in Berlin, promoting pilot activity in Tyrol.


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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