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Repairing of old appliances

Copenhagen

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Large quantities of electrical appliances end up as rubbish each year - often because of minor faults which could easily be repaired. The Environment and Energy Centre in Høje-Taastrup near Copenhagen has established a workshop which offers to check faulty appliances for free, to see if they are worth repairing. The object is to prolong their lifetime and reduce waste generation, says co-ordinator Pia Gade. Anything from coffee machines and alarm clocks to lamps and vacuum cleaners turns upp at the workshop.

Since the workshop opened in November 2001, business har been steadily growing. A lot of the appliances turn out to be worth repairing, which the workshop also does - for prices well below what the market otherwise charges. The reason is that the job is done either by volunteers - mostly competent pensioners - or by unemployed people in job training. The workshop also co-operates with the local waste management company, VEGA. VEGA sort likely candidates for repair out of the waste stream and deliver them to the workshop. After repair they are sold in VEGA's own second-hand shop, "Direkte Genbrug" (Direct Re-use").

sustainable consumption

Objectives of the Good Practice

The object is to prolong lifetime of appliances and reduce waste generation

Participants of the Good Practice

The Environment and Energy Centre
waste management company, VEGA
second-hand shop, "Direkte Genbrug" (Direct Re-use")

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Contact details

Pia Gade
Høje Taastrup Environment and Energy Centre
Address Høje Taastrup Boulevard 60, DK-2630 Taastrup
Telephone +45-43 99 51 01
Telefax +45-43 52 08 54
mec@email.dk
www.sek.dk/mec/index.html

Data sources and references

http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April, 9, 2009)