Ecosystem for the collective stewardship of post-consumption materials.
Reuse Commons is a model for a multi-stakeholder body governing the reuse of discarded materials in a city or region.
The reuse commons integrates transformation labs, lost and found services, reuse cabins and similar initiatives, community reuse projects (repair cafes, zero waste and material redistribution projects), reuse bins and reuse datasets.
One of the main motivations behind the reuse commons is to create ways for people and organisations to be rewarded for reusing materials themselves, or allowing others to reuse - instead of discarding things that would then be "downcycled" at best.
Membership model - people, businesses and organisations sign up to participate in the commons. Every object they put into the system is registered. When it is reused or upcycled, the commons grows. Credits from donations of materials can be used to acquire other goods.
I found two chairs, wooden chairs. They look as if they are mid-century, but it was missing the seat. That’s the diary I made and shared with you. And I guess in this case, because we moved into this place a year ago and we’ve slowly been putting things in it. And we tend not to have too many things because my work sometimes takes me to other countries and I move for a bit of time. So we try not to have too many things. But we knew we needed chairs, so I took it in as a necessity/opportunity to do something creative with it. Especially since I was looking for excuses to use my printer, that was kind of the idea. What else was there? What else has broken recently? Quite a few things.
Like a regular commercial bank, you open up an account with your local waste bank. Periodically, you make deposits with your non-organic solid waste, which are weighed and given a monetary value, based on rates set by waste collectors. This value is saved in your account from which, like a regular bank, you can withdraw. The basic principles of waste banks remain the same across provinces: collect, save, earn, change behavior, and enjoy a clean neighborhood.
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