Reuse Dataset

reuse data dataset

Open Dataset about different kinds of reuse of materials in urban environments.


There is strong evidence that often times recycling is not the most appropriate solution for waste, particularly when there are still potential uses for the discarded materials. However, there is little available data to inform society of the social, economic and environmental outcomes of reuse when compared to data about recycling.

Relation to other concept ideas

The Reuse Dataset will integrate and make available data about different kinds of reuse of materials in urban environments, including household, community and local initiatives. It is a central element to build the Reuse Commons and its economic model.

Open Questions

  • Governance of the database. Ownership, decision-making. How to ensure data is correct and consistent. Who is responsible for editing when data is wrong?


to come

Target Groups

  1. Council / Local Authority
  2. Community Reuse

Supporting Research Data

Yes, I think with this data that currently exists, you can measure the value of materials, after they have been through a material processing facility. So, you would know that this much of aluminium was recovered. This much of textile was recovered, which is normally carpet, which is normally made of polyester. So, you would know how much it would cost, but you don't know before it goes in because it is all mixed up. In the UK, it is collected together. So, it is called [commingled recycled 00:16:06] because it is all together mostly. Apart from, okay, carpet is separated. It is not a good example, but your standard rubbish is typically separated. In this dataset, there is also a reuse element. So, for things like books or some white goods, like fridges and things, they measure how many were reused because council, they do this scheme where they repair it, then they give it to people who don't have much money or, the council tenant, they can offer them this reused product. I think books were also part of that. I can have a look for you in detail, because I think the materials, they can be quite detailed.


Repair dataset

The Restart Project, on behalf of the (Open Repair) Alliance, led on collecting updated versions of all datasets and combining them. This involved preparing them for aggregation, separating data about non-electrical products collected by some of the partners, and finally publishing the combined dataset as well as the individual sets from all partners.

Here's a presentation during Fixfest 2020:


Smart waste means smart use of data to stitch together the patchwork of today’s waste data including returns from permitted sites, voluntary initiatives and one-off surveys. We know from HM Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy for England that waste data is time-consuming, complex to use and doesn’t support effective tacking of waste crime. We know today’s technologies can help make better use of waste data to become a zero waste society.


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EU Flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813508.