Prague reduces waste and applies the principles of a circular economy
Czech capital plans to expand its current RE-USE project
On Monday July 19, the City of Prague announced its desire to further expand its RE-USE centers project. Second-hand reuse centers were first set up last year with the aim of minimizing the production of waste. Over time, the project has proven to be successful, as items that would otherwise end up in landfills were turned over to others who found them useful.
REUSE centers allow citizens to drop off furniture, toys, sports equipment, dishes, books and other objects that they no longer need. Such items can generally be used for many years and are often thrown away while still having their utility value. Therefore, the centers give them a second life and the opportunity to bring joy to other people.
The deposited objects are photographed and offered to those who need them. First of all, they are presented to non-profit and charitable organizations. If they are not interested, they are then made available to the public free of charge via the RE-USE site.
Illustrate how circular economies work
Through the RE-USE project, the City of Prague applies the principles of a circular economy by seeking to avoid the creation of waste and to keep the products in use. In addition, the municipality explains that the transition to a circular economy is one of the four basic preconditions for achieving the Prague climate targets, namely the reduction of CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030.
Commenting on the centers, Deputy Mayor and Environmental Advisor Petr HlubuÄek explained: â€œUp to 40% of the furniture stored in collection yards can still be fully used. That is why we want to be able to store such furniture in REUSE points in Prague and be able to offer their further use to the widest possible circle of users. It’s not just about minimizing waste. It is also about the good feeling that the thing that we have given money to and enjoyed for years doesn’t just end up in a landfill somewhere.
The example of the second life of furniture is a good example of what the circular economy looks like in practice. We want to make it possible for people to get their used furniture and other household equipment today, or to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. We want to offer an alternative to the consumerist lifestyle to those who are interested.
Currently there are 3 RE-USE points where people can drop off items: ZakrÃ½ta Street in Prague 4, Pod Å ancemi Street in Prague 9 and HornÃ PoÄernice in Prague 20. Thanks to the success of these centers, the capital is now looking to expand the project. For this reason, he has announced his intention to launch Swap events soon where people can swap items such as household equipment, toys, and more.