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Investigating new possibilities for the reuse of bulky waste in Flanders

The inter-municipal public organisation IMOG (BE) provides integrated waste management solutions to 14 municipalities in South West Flanders. For its tasks within URBANREC, IMOG works together with the Kringloopcentrum South West Flanders to enhance opportunities for bulky waste reuse. 


The Kringloopcentrum is a reuse organisation that aims to promote a maximum of reuse of consumer goods by organising collection, verification and marketing of these materials through social labour employment and in this way creating affordable goods for people with a low budget. The association collects recyclable goods in the IMOG region (14 municipalities). These goods are then sold in one of the six reuse shops on the territory. These shops are profiled top notch and first choice for second hand materials in order to reach a large audience and achieve a large reuse. This includes a rigorous selection of the goods and attractive shops. 


However, a large percentage of the goods remain unsold, basically reusable but not through the current stores because of this profiling. IMOG wants to investigate alternative outlets for this ‘second choice in second hand’. IMOG is investigating a sale in a cheap warehouse only on Saturday of furniture that could not be sold in the normal reuse shop (store returns), or materials which are just not conform to the high standards of the shops (small damages, less fashionable). The target audiences are (youth and sport) associations, people on a low budget, art schools). This offer can be supplemented by do-it-yourself materials (ex. wooden shelves). 


IMOG is also investigating a disassembly service for citizens who want to unclutter a full house. They can rely on this service to: empty closets and pack all the stuff, dismantle furniture, bring reusable goods to the reuse shops and removal of non-reusable goods. If more than a set percentage of the goods are reusable, the service can be free of charge. Is there is more waste (non-reusable), then the cost of working hours, transport and processing is charged. A digital app will be developed to form the necessary bridge between the social economy, citizens and waste companies.

» Author: URBANREC

» Publication Date: 01/12/2016

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N° 690103