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1 Export Kringloopgoederen Project OD4-67 EFRO Objective II 2007-2013 Social Economic reuse center Flanders/ Belgium Rik Oplichtenbergh - Delegated Director 25/10/2009 www.dekringwinkelzuiderkempen.be

2 Since 1998, Flanders – the Flemish speaking part of Belgium – has been divided into 31 regions in which 1 reuse center is recognized and active. 1 of the 31 reuse centers that are recognized and subsidized by the Flemish government fusion between 3 rather small reuse centers that were active in a region called ‘Zuiderkempen’ (rural area, 18 municipalities, 300,000 inhabitants).

3 All 31 reuse centers “Kringloopcentra” : non-profit social economic enterprises subsidized by the Flemish & Belgian government in order to achieve : 1/ reduction of waste by getting reusable items into reuse 2/ jobs for lower skilled people who have been unemployed for a longer period Most of the reuse centers have developed additional non-reuse activities

4 De Kringwinkel Zuiderkempen : 18 municipalities with 7 actual shops Rural area with 300,000 inhabitants 2008 : almost 2million kg of reusable items collected : 6,67kg/person 2009 : +16% ? turnover of + €1.5million generated with the selling of items from 1 of our own shops. 2009 = + 11% ? 193 people active in different statutes 30/9/2009 : 281 M/V

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6 All items that we collect have to be obtained for free : household items that are reusable : (1) are collected from home (2) they can be delivered to 1 of the 19 waste disposal areas that are installed in our region and where we have placed a so called ‘reuse-container’, or (3) can be brought to one of our 7 shops. In Flanders, people have to pay for all waste they want to get rid of, except for items that enter the reuse-system. We collect those items for free, the municipalities pay us for the service we deliver : reducing the amount of waste that has to be treated.

7 (1)Collection at home : 7 Small lorries travel daily across our region to pick up reusable items on demand : people living in 1 of the 18 municipalities of our region can call 1 global phone number to make an appointment. Teams follow routes that are calculated by our dispatchers; all reusable items are brought to the nearest reuse center that’s on the route.

8 (2) Reuse containers : Municipal waste collection areas are installed in every municipality to collect all kinds of household waste, in separated fractions. Some of these fractions can be delivered for free; for the majority of them people have to pay based on the type of waste and on the weight of the load that is delivered. 2 nd hand 20FT containers have been installed on 19 municipal waste collection/recycling sites. Reusable items can be placed in our containers, for free. Our collection teams pass by these containers and bring the collected items to our reuse centers.

9 (3) Each of our 7 shops is equipped to receive reusable items that are brought by people who visit the shops.

10 Collection at home (1) and delivery at one of our shops (3) represent each almost 40% of our total collection 20% (but a growing percentage) is brought to us using our reuse containers.

11 Collected items are brought to our different sites in which workshops are installed where items are sorted, cleaned and if needed, repaired.

12 Since our fusion (1/1/2006) actions are undertaken to diversify the activities of our organization in order to generate more jobs and to be less dependent from the reuse activity (that still is and will always be our core business). Activities that were launched : Inboedelservice : emptying & clearing of complete houses Energiesnoeiers ‘Energy Cutters’ Klus & Verhuis : small Household services to members of the public Arbeidszorg ‘Mobius’ : creating jobs for lower skilled people and achieving added value by reducing the amount of internal waste (Textiles, wood, LEGO, …)

13 Waste management in Flanders : (2008 : 500kg/inhabitant/year) Lansink’s Ladder : Prevention & reduction Reuse of product Reuse of material (recycling) Composting Energetic valorization Landfill 1,5% - 7,5kg 25% - 125kg 1% - 5kg 34% - 170kg 38,5% - 192,5kg Best option Worst option

14 Export Started in 2006 as an attempt to reduce the amount of waste we are generating out of our own production, by items that cannot be sold in 1 of our own shops. 2,000,000kg reusable items collected, 70%reuse = 30% waste => 600,000kg potentially reusable items NOT brought into reuse Example : several days every week collection + 100 3-piece suites, perfectly reusable, impossible to get them into reuse, even with the 7 shops.

15 EFRO- Export 15/10/2008 – 15/10/2010 Development of our own export-activities Mobilizing the existing expertise and experiences of the Flemish/Belgian colleagues. Opening recognized export-markets for those social economic colleagues Dissemination in the European social economic reuse scene

16 Achieved Export Efforts (20/10/2009) SVDP Oregon USA : 33 containers, mostly furniture Georgia-Belgium Ltd, Tbilisi Georgia : 4 containers, furniture Canam Int Kandla India, 13 containers, textiles Neo Act Oÿ, Piëksämäki Finland, 3 containers, furniture & clothing 2008 : 11% input = exported. 2009 : +15% ? 2010 : + 20% ? Contacts in development : Beautiful Store / ENVICO South Korea Several contacts in Romania Contacts in Lithonia (furniture), Tunisia (textiles), Portugal.

17 Self-imposed criteria to develop a contact Only items that have spent some time in 1 of our 7 shops and that could not be sold can be exported, ‘own clients first’. No export of waste : only items that are 100% reusable are put into a container. Focus on end-of-life of exported items : only shop-quality, no WEEE, …

18 What kind of items are exported ? 1/ Furniture : tables, chairs, …. 2/ China, bric-a-brac, household items, glaswork, … 3/ Textiles, clothing, shoes.

19 What kind of items are exported ? 1/ Furniture : tables, chairs, ….

20 What kind of items are exported ? 2/ China, bric-a-brac, household items, glaswork, …

21 What kind of items are exported ? 3/ Textiles, clothing, shoes, …

22 Lessons Learned  Finding a client to sell reuse-items to is not so difficult  Setting up a profitable business with items that fit our self- imposed criteria makes no sense (except for textiles).  Added value has to be limited to avoid getting reusable items into waste and getting those items into reuse on an external market.  There’s no need for ‘clients’ : we need ‘partners’ who can get the shipped items into reuse; items that we could not get into reuse on our local market.

23 Export Kringloopgoederen Project OD4-67 EFRO Objective II 2007-2013 Social Economic reuse center Flanders/ Belgium Rik Oplichtenbergh - Delegated Director 25/10/2009 www.dekringwinkelzuiderkempen.be rik.oplichtenbergh@dekringwinkelzuiderkempen.be


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