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Groundwork London Launch Social Housing Re-Use Implementation Guide & Toolkit

Posted on 30 March 2017

On Wednesday 29th March, at a panel event in London, Groundwork London launched a new implementation guide and toolkit on bringing the social benefits of re-use to housing estates.
The resources share learnings from the pioneering EU-funded Repurpose project, which has seen five community-led re-use hubs established on housing estates across London over the past two years to help tackle fly-tipping and encourage positive environmental behaviours. The materials provide practical guidance and recommendations for housing providers and residents across Europe who are interested in delivering similar services.

The implementation guide and toolkit, along with other project resources, can be viewed and downloaded at www.repurpose.london/pages/repurposeresources.

Speaking at the event on Wednesday 29th March, Rebekah Phillips, Environmental Services Manager at Groundwork London, said: “The Re-Purpose project has shown that the social benefits of re-use are as valuable as the environmental and economic. Groundwork London’s new implementation guide and toolkit contains a wealth of information to help housing providers and local residents across the UK and Europe bring some of these benefits to their own communities.”

Professor Margaret Bates, President of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, said: “Re-use has clear social, environmental and economic benefits, but it is not working to maximum effect in all areas. To drive re-use, we need joined up thinking between functions of local authorities, and the sector needs to unite to lobby for effective policy interventions.”

Julie Hill, Chair at WRAP, said: “We need to make re-use easy, make it certain (through warranties and standards) and make it the norm.  Given the many benefits, why would we not re-use?”

Dr Anna Scott, Waste Services Manager at Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Re-use should be an agenda for everyone. Systemic change is needed at the national level to move from a linear to a circular economy. We need to rediscover the joys of making our stuff last longer.”

The panel discussed the benefits and importance of re-use, best practice when engaging communities and other stakeholders, and the potential for greater re-use in housing estates and wider urban areas.

They also considered ways to address the current low levels of re-use in housing estates and urban areas, which Groundwork London is exploring through suggested policy changes and key recommendations in its new Policy Pack.

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