SUBTRACT looks at reuse centres and SMEs and identifies the conditions for them to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
Re-use Centres are usually managed by SMEs, often social enterprises, that receive, prepare for re-use and distribute goods extending their product lifetimes with important social and environmental benefits, promoting a circular economy. They are a powerful vehicle to promote qualitative growth, help develop human capital and strengthen social cohesion. In order to fulfil this mission re-use centres need to have an economically sustainable business model. SUBTRACT will concentrate on the post start-up and scaling-up phases to render re-use centres effective and durable, i.e. to have a steady flow of incoming and outgoing goods well prepared for re-use, a professional management, a suitable financial strategy and an attractive image for the users.
Through knowledge research and exchange of experience the project will elaborate: