Sustainable Resource Management – getting more ‘service’ from less ‘stuff’!
To achieve ‘one planet living’ there is an urgent need to move beyond the ‘throwaway society’ towards longer lasting products with repair and reuse as preferred and normal choices.
Helping Cylch Members position themselves as a network of operations ready to provide that public service is the challenge we are rising to.
Preparing for Reuse
Reuse is about handling ‘products’ with care and not allowing them to be damaged, downgraded or downcycled. It’s not really about handling ‘waste’ – its about keeping things out of the bin and keeping things useful.
Many Cylch Members already carry out a wide range of reuse activities and with the EU’s revised Waste Framework Directive
now including ‘Prepare for Reuse’ as a preferred waste management option, reuse activities offer increasing opportunities. The social, economic and environmental benefits of reuse (in preference to recycling, energy recovery or disposal) are numerous and varied and include higher skill jobs, greater carbon savings, access to affordable household essentials (anti-poverty) and the local enterprise benefits of retaining the commercial value of unwanted products within the communities from which they arose.
Reuse & Repair Network
Cylch is working with Members to support the network of reusers across Wales. Part of this work is to help identify new opportunities for reusing products and materials across various waste streams such as textiles, building materials, commercial and more household items than the familiar furniture and electrical appliances. Increasing capacity within reuse operations and supporting better customer service and professional management systems are key areas of activity.
Repair services are also becoming increasingly important as the effects of rising costs for transport and energy begin to affect the price of manufacture and distribution. Where things could be replaced cheaply, this may not be the case for much longer. Through refurbishment of discarded items it also possible to ‘upcycle’ products to add increased value far beyond that of the discarded item and increasing rate of furniture and textile upcycling is testament that there is a market for this.
Cylch is currently updating its draft Reuse Strategy
and welcomes feedback on this. Cylch Reuse Members can use the NExCSus online forum
to provide more direct and detailed feedback on the developing Reuse/Repair Network for Wales.
Anyone interested in reuse activities can contact the Cylch Reuse Co-ordinator, Richard Thomas
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org