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Barriers to reuse and how to smash them

Report, Buy in, Warp It admin, Reuse program: Planning stage

Our aim is to make reuse mainstream in organisations. 

We regularly talk to many people who are implementing a reuse system in their organisation and found that many are struggling with a whole host of issues. This ranges from securing buy-in and getting people on board with the project to communicating simple successes and achievements.

In this report we will address a variety of topics relating to the difficulties that can arise when trying to set up or grow a reuse project in any type of organisation. We will draw from a survey that we conducted of our customers and our bank of case studies.

This report will be of use to anyone looking to set up or improve a furniture reuse program or system, in particular:

  • Surplus managers
  • Procurement managers
  • Sustainability managers
  • Waste managers
  • Service design managers
  • Finance Directors
  • Estates and Facilities Directors

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Report summary

In this report, we explore various barriers to reuse and offer solutions. 

The subtopics we will be exploring are:

  • Why reuse is not given the priority it deserves

  • How to set reuse up within resource constraints

  • How to get buy-in

  • Transportation and the associated issues

  • What are the options for storage, and is it needed at all?

  • How to break through the ‘But we’ve always done it this way’ mindset

  • Behaviour-change through effective communications

  • Tweaking policy to aid reuse

  • 'Out of sight, out of mind’ - why reuse is invisible to some people

  • ‘Too busy’, and proving that reuse saves time not wastes it 

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About the Author..

Daniel O'Connor

Daniel O'Connor

My goal is where reuse & repair is so convenient and desirable, that organisations do not throw anything away or buy anything new.. Where reusable items are redistributed for their 2nd and 3rd useful lives and when the items fail, they are diverted into repair.

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