Name of the initiative: Re-Use Centres
Organisation form: Non Profit Organisation
Country: Czech Republic
Starting year: 2016
Keywords: sharing of used items, collection point, re-use centre
The so-called Re-Use Centres have started opening in the Czech Republic since 2016 using the www.nevyhazujto.cz platform (this translates into English as “don’t throw it away”). Their establishment is usually initiated by larger towns and cities. These centres for example operate in Prague, Brno, České Budějovice, Chrudim and Vysoké Mýto. One specific example is the Re-Use Centre in Chrudim which was established in June 2019 within the framework of an environmental and social project by the Town of Chrudim. The principle consists in handing over usable items which people no longer need free of charge to a Collection Point operated by the Town of Chrudim. The Re-Use Centre then offers these items for further use to anybody who is interested. Token fees are charged to purchase items and the profits from these sales are used to co-finance operation of the Municipal Dog and Cat Shelter. Among other things, equipment for the household, dishes, pictures, decorations, CDs, books, magazines, toys and sports equipment can be handed over in this way. It is not however possible to hand over furniture, clothing or electronic equipment to this Re-Use Centre. Another example is that of the Re-Use Centres in Brno. The City of Brno has been operating three types of Re-Use Centres since 2016. The first consists of six standard Re-Use Centres called “Second Life” which accept similar items to those which can be handed over in Chrudim, but also furniture. The second type is represented by the Retro-Use Centre which is intended for re-use of items which were manufactured before 1989. These items are then offered, among others, to museums and cultural institutions to augment their exhibitions. The third type is represented by a furniture bank from which furniture is given to socially disadvantaged families. A token fee is also charged to purchase items in Brno and proceeds are used to finance floral decorations for the city. This platform is a classic example of sharing items without expectation of economic benefit. In the majority of cases, it is formally included in the existing infrastructures of towns and cities and is one of the ways of fulfilling municipal strategies for sustainable development. Any token fees which may be charged are used to finance publicly beneficial activities. Thanks to this platform, the lifecycle of the shared items is prolonged, the amount of waste is reduced and useful items are made available to people on low incomes.
Author: Jana Kostalova, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date added: 15 July 2019