Nature is the best example of how a circular society works, where all resources are utilised in an endless cycle. Simply put, no waste is produced. When we then look at our society, we see that we’re trailing quite far behind. But this can change.
Resursens hus, or Resource House, is a concept development project that focuses on recycling and a circular approach. The overall goal is to pave the way for a circular economy with minimal waste. The project is a collaboration between the City of Helsingborg, regional environmental company NSR, and other actors, and it aims to develop a concept together with the residents of Oceanhamnen regarding resource issues. Resursens hus will be home to many different activities. Perhaps a hub where people drop off items for recycling or material recovery? Or a distribution point for online purchases and groceries delivered to the area? Whatever the activity, this will be decided together with those living in the district as their needs drive its design.
It’s not just about reducing waste but also preventing waste, through sharing, lending, renting, and leasing. Here we’ll see renovation, repairs, and upcycling become more commonplace. Replacing products with different types of services – such as cleaning, carpentry, and gardening – is another way to reduce consumption. This is important in laying the foundation for a resource-efficient society.
What makes this concept especially suited to Oceanhamnen is the district’s pioneering approach to sewage management with the three pipes circular sewer system. When food waste is handled separately, only the dry waste remains. It’s easier to separate and involves less residual waste. But it’s not always so easy to change our habits and behaviour, and Oceanhamnen will also be a place for learning. Here, people will be able to meet and discuss how new approaches can lead to improved quality of life and good health. It will be a place for innovative thinking and knowledge.
Resursens hus is part of the three-year EU project Interreg CIRC North Sea Region, where Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium will cooperate and share knowledge on how society can transition to a circular economy. A European knowledge base is being created through a series of pilot projects and targeted activities.
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