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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.”