R.U.S.Z - Repair and Service Center in Austria
Topic of the practice
Waste prevention - WEEE
Good Practice Information
RUSZ (Repair and Service Center) is a special initiative in Vienna,where jobless people are trained to repair goods at affordable prices and disassemble electronic equipment so that hazardous and non-hazardous waste is separated.Items most commonly repaired are electronic and electrical household devices.It created an enormous demand for repair services which sowed the seeds of the Repair Network
Vienna, a network of some 60 private,profit-oriented repair companies and was followed by the creation of 3 other repair networks in Austria (www.repanet.at).
The research and development unit of RUSZ developed a technical method for reducing the water and energy consumption of older washing machines by 20%.Energy efficiency class C-devices can therefore be upgraded to energy efficiency class A
Evidence of success
RUSZ has prevented more than 10,000 tonnes of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) since 1998.
It can be estimated from the data given, that by repair measures the lifetime of electric equipment is extended by 25 %.
Following the MIPS concept (material input per unit of service) of Wuppertal Institute 20.000
tonnes of material inputs are prevented each year
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Sepp Eisenriegler, CEO of R.U.S.Z., Chair of RepaNet, President of RREUSE