Public administrations on both sides of the Mediterranean tend to focus their efforts on recycling, but much less on promoting the reuse of waste by citizens and on repairing goods that may have a second life, thus completing the cycle of the four R’s of the circular economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Repair.
REUSEMED was developed with the aim of supporting the culture of reuse by promoting the creation of a network for the reuse of materials among Mediterranean cities of Italy, Spain, Tunisia and Jordan.
The project aims to create municipal networks based on reuse systems of home appliances, furniture, books, clothes, Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEEs) and food, on composting and on barter programmes. To set up the networks, 4 Mediterranean cities - Cordoba in Spain, Capannori in Italy, New Deir Allaa in Jordan and Sakiet Ezzit in Tunisia - will design and test composters, food collection points in markets, repair and reuse centers, reuse corners in shops and cafés. Moreover, an APP will connect managers and users of the different networks.
For Italy, Fondazione Reggio Children along with the Municipality of Capannori (Lucca) will collect the best experiences in matters of reuse both at national and international level by creating a database of good practices, with the final aim of designing and implementing efficient city reuse networks.
Led by Sadeco Cordoba (Spain), REUSEMED enjoys the participation of eight partners from four different countries of the Mediterranean area: ANEPMA National Association of Public Environmental Enterprises (Spain), MoLA Ministry of Local Administration (Jordan), New Deir Allaa Municipality (Jordan), Municipality of Sakiet Ezzit (Tunisia), ANGED National Agency for Waste Management (Tunisia), Municipality of Capannori (Italy) and Fondazione Reggio Children (Italy)
REUSEMED is funded by the European Union (EU) under the ENI CBC Med Programme with a total budget of € 3.2 million and an EU contribution of € 2.9 million (90%).
When 8 international partners come together working on a project, creating a stable international network on the reuse of materials and on the repair of objects and sharing their experiences, it is always a cause for optimism about the future of our civilization.
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