Reuse centers have been existing for years or even decades in several Western-European countries. Household objects such as electrical appliances which are old or have become waste are typically cleaned, repaired and sold in these centers by disadvantaged employees.
These organizations have come to exist in response to certain social-economic demands. They tend to function for a social purpose in terms of the employees and the targeted customer group alike, but at the same time also on economic and commercial bases. This means that they finance a portion/the majority of their costs from the sale of the refurbished appliances.
These classical, Western-European reuse centers typically came to exist to meet socio-economic rather than environmental needs, and environmental impacts have gained emphasis only recently, mainly under the aegis of circular economy.
We could think that if reuse centers were established in Western Europe to meet socio-economic needs, than the need for such an activity and such a channel for selling appliances must be even greater in Hungary where living standards and financial-economic opportunities are still lagging behind Western Europe…
For more information, please download The challenges of reuse of (W)EEE under the aegis of the circular economy in Hungary. This work was prepared for the IERC 2017 conference (Salzburg).
Please note that the university dissertation work of Fanni Mészáros (E-waste: to waste or not to waste) examines all aspects of reuse in Hungary. This work is available only in Hungarian.