The CPR seeks to facilitate the repair and reuse of waste textiles, bulky waste and WEEE and will increase the reuse rate in Gipuzkoa by 30%

El CPR, dirigido a la reparación y la reutilización de residuos textiles, voluminosos y RAEEs, aumentará un 30% la tasa de reutilización de Gipuzkoa

The Centre for Preparation for Reuse (CPR), which seeks to facilitate the repair and reuse of waste textiles, bulky waste and WEEE, completes the infrastructures of the Zubieta Environmental Complex and will increase the reuse rate in Gipuzkoa by 30%. The new infrastructure will also generate a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions in the energy and industrial sectors. The new CPR will require investment of 13 million euros and will see the creation of 190 new jobs, 57% of which will be assigned to people at risk of social exclusion.

The period for the submission of tenders for the basic design of the building to house the CPR opened on February 3 and will close on February 21.

José Ignacio Asensio, Councillor for the Environment of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, and Mónica Pedreira, Director of the Environment of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, officially presented the call for tenders for the drafting of the basic design associated with the construction of the Gipuzkoa Centre for Preparation for Reuse (CPR). Subsequent to the approval of the Council, the period for submissions of tenders opened on February 3 and will conclude on February 21.

The new facility will complement current MSW recycling and recovery treatment with preparation for reuse. The excellence of this treatment will be further enhanced by incorporating prevention as a priority, in accordance with the EU waste hierarchy. Asensio stressed the importance of this new infrastructure specialising in waste prevention and stated that the new plant will make “the Zubieta Environmental Complex the first infrastructure in the state to offer a comprehensive response to the complete cycle of municipal waste management, thus placing Gipuzkoa at the forefront of Europe”.

The new infrastructure is committed to preparation for reuse, which, together with prevention, are the two priority options in the EU waste management hierarchy. The activity of the CPR will focus on the repair and reuse of textile waste, bulky waste, and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), with the aim of extending the service life of this waste. This will enable a reduction in the energy and raw materials associated with the production of new goods, thus reducing CO2 emissions and promoting the circular economy.

Environmental impact calculations indicate that the entry into operation of the new infrastructure will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial and energy sectors in Gipuzkoa by 10% and will increase the number of reused items by 30%, thereby reducing dependence on natural resources and making the industrial ecosystem of the area more sustainable. Moreover, the new facility is expected to produce revenues of 11.8 million euros associated with the sale of reusable items. The new plant will be located on the Eskuzaitzeta Industrial Estate and will be integrated into the facilities of the Zubieta Environmental Complex.

The CPR will involve the development of a new integrated management system for bulky waste, textiles and electrical and electronic equipment. It is envisaged that the plant will treat 12,600 tonnes of this waste per annum. In 2020, 57.96% of domestic waste in Gipuzkoa was collected selectively (182,000 tonnes), of which 8,959 tonnes corresponded to the fractions to be treated in the CPR (3,321 tonnes of bulky waste, 2,238 tonnes of WEEE and 3,400 tonnes of textiles). In order to continue to make progress on recycling and collection targets, Asensio pointed out that “it is essential to make progress on prevention and reuse, through innovation, a commitment to eco-design and the implementation of infrastructures that promote sustainable consumption and the right to repair”.

The CPR is expected to go into operation in 2024. In 2022, the basic design will be drafted and tenders will be invited for the construction, financing and operation of the centre. The works are scheduled to commence at the beginning of 2023 and to be completed within a period of between 12 and 16 months, meaning that the plant, with a capacity to manage 5,500 tonnes (1,461 of bulky waste, 2,722 of WEEE and 1,319 of textiles), will go into operation in 2024. In a second stage, by 2027 approximately, the capacity of the facility will be increased to the 12,600 tonnes per annum envisaged.

190 new jobs

In addition to the environmental benefits, the CPR aims to be a benchmark for the new green, digital and competitive economy. 107 new jobs will initially be created when it goes into operation in 2024, and this will increase to 190 jobs in the second phase. The initiative also aims to reinforce the social sustainability of the project, by allocating 57% of the new jobs to vulnerable people at risk of exclusion, thus ensuring that ecological transition in Gipuzkoa is fair and contributes to the well-being of people.

In this regard, Asensio pointed out that “The CPR reinforces the commitment to a new decarbonised circular economy that promotes a fair ecological transition in Gipuzkoa, creating quality employment and paying special attention to the most disadvantaged sectors of society, thereby contributing to social justice”.

With respect to operating procedures, the Zubieta CPR will collect bulky waste, WEEE, textiles and other small-sized waste from associations of municipalities or individuals who deposit it directly at the Centre. Subsequently the tasks of reception, verification, classification, cleaning and repair will be carried out at the plant. The facility will also feature an area called “Repairmania”, a public space dedicated to the self-repair of articles. This area will be equipped with the necessary tools and experts will be on hand to provide advice and help to individuals.

There will be separate areas for mending clothes, electrical appliances, furniture and other types of products, with a constant emphasis on offering alternative solutions to planned obsolescence. There will also be an area for children to take their first steps in upcycling handicrafts. The CPR will also have a Commercial Area for the sale of recovered articles, with a minimum of 6 specialised shops: furniture, clothes, children’s clothing, electronic devices, sports, fair trade and local products, office furniture…). The upper section of the building will feature an open space for the location of a restaurant.