Facilitating an Urban Repair Centre (URC) in the city
What is a URC?
Urban Repair Centres are physical centres that help facilitate repair in urban areas.
The scope of a URC includes, but is not limited to the following aspects:
- Education, communication and awareness raising amongst citizens, businesses and organisations on the topic of repair.
- Encouraging the social economy (including the collaborative economy) and social cohesion.
- Act as an incubator / collaborator with local companies to develop sustainable and circular business models.
- Encourage and enable more repair and reuse.
The term is derived from the concept ‘Urban Resource Centre’, presented by the European Urban Agenda:
“Urban Resource Centres are physical centres that help facilitate sustainable consumption, waste prevention, re-use, repair and recycling in urban areas. These centres can be designated multi-functional places. Urban Resource Centres bring together a wide community of stakeholders to find alternatives for managing waste streams generated at municipal / intermunicipal / regional level.”