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Croatia is setting up a network of reuse centres where various second-hand items received from citizens will be repaired and resold rather than disposed of as waste, and guidelines for the establishment of such centres will be presented on Monday.

There are over 8,500 reuse centres across the European Union employing over 38,000 people.

The project will be co-financed by the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund as waste reduction and measures relating to product reuse are among the priorities in waste management and one of the ways to reduce the amount of disposable waste, the Ministry of Environment and Nature Protection says.

Reuse centres are places where reusable objects, such as clothing, footwear, furniture and books, are collected from people who no longer need them and prepared for further distribution. Citizens will be able to take such items to a reuse centre where they will be cleaned, repaired and resold. Sales will take place in the premises of reuse centres and online.

The guidelines for the establishment of reuse centres in Croatia will be presented by Environment and Nature Protection Minister Slaven Dobrovic and Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund Director Sven Mueller in Zagreb on Monday.

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