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Munich develops a secondhand store to kickstart its local circular economy

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Germany

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EUROCITIES
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City of Munchen - Guenther Langer

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EUROCITIES - Joana Cruz

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Halle 2 is a municipal secondhand store that combines circular economy with the idea of actively supporting sustainable lifestyles in Munich. By selling goods that are collected at the 12 Munich recycling centres, Halle 2 extends the lifespan of useful everyday items such as electronic devices, bicycles and textiles.

Based on a strong partnership with educational institutions, non-profits and voluntary organisations, Halle 2 is also a good example for active societal responsibility. It offers qualification and training on job perspectives at social enterprises for special target groups, such as young or long-term unemployed people. But Halle 2 is not just a secondhand shop. It also provides a testbed for developing and testing new ways to increase the number of reused items, thus contributing to raising the awareness of waste reduction and secondhand use of items.

Halle 2 is a good example of a broad collaboration between very different stakeholders and interest groups from different branches. By bringing a wide spectrum of outstanding knowledge, all the actors have together produced a very attractive offer for citizens.

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  • Halle 2 has allowed the Munich to implement all the pillars of a successful and sustainable circular economy: the waste prevention activities and the strategic targets in reducing the amount of waste, promoting the reuse of goods, improving recycling rates and strengthening a sustainable lifestyle.
  • Halle 2 has become a strong brand as a secondhand store that facilitates the cooperation with social companies to make their activities more visible. It is used for campaigns, auctions, repair cafes, research fields, upcycling activities and other events to promote reuse and recycling ideas.
  • Monthly, 3500 people have visited Halle 2 since the beginning of 2017. Halle 2 has sold almost 15,000 recycled and upcycled articles per month with an estimated revenue of €50,000 per month.