ECO-Innovation Project „RUN”: ReUse Notebook – Collection, Refurbishment and Distribution System launched
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ECO-Innovation Project „RUN”
launched operational business

In November 2014 project "Reuse Notebook - Collection, Refurbishment and Distribution System (RUN)", that is co-financed by the EU Eco Innovation Programme has been started.

Annual meeting

Figure 1: The RUN team at the annual meeting in Vienna

At the annual meeting in November of 2015 the consortium decided that the conceptual phase is advanced enough that the operational phase may be initiated shortly.

Basis formed
During the first year the consortium formed the basis for the now-starting operative phase. The core processes and procedures have been defined to represent the core tasks of the system, namely the collection and quality controlled refurbishment of notebooks from private households.

A logistics concept that allows for the take-back via local collection points and via the internet has been designed, in order to reach as many target groups as possible. The secure erasure of private data on the devices is carried out according to BSI standards. On request, the customers will be informed about the successful operation by an erasure log sent to them.

First collection points established
In both pilot regions of the RUN project collection points are now available. At these points notebooks can be handed in free of charge. Afterwards they are fed into the data erasure process.

In the Berlin metropolitan take back points can be found at the following partners:

In Vienna notebooks can be handed over to the RUN project via the partners:

For a continuous updated list of our growing numbers of collection partners please see our website Collection points also are marked on a map.

Collection activities Austria
In addition to the establishment of the collection via collection points the project promotes temporary collection activities, some of which have already been conducted.

Notebook collection, ShoppingCity Seiersberg
The Shopping City Seiersberg is the largest mall in the province of Styria and the third biggest in Austria. The rentable retail space amounts to 85,000 sqare metres and is visited by 8-10 million people annually.
Together with the Austrian Cancer Aid Styria the Shopping City Seiersberg has launched a fundraising campaign. In the period from 2th to the 10th of October 2015 people had the opportunity to donate their old notebooks. The reuse or recycling was performed by i4next within the RUN project.
As part of this collection campaign around 500 units were collected. Nevertheless i4next could transfer € 503,- as donation sum to the Austrian Cancer Aid Styria.

Notebook collection, Leoben City Shopping
Leoben is the second largest city of the Austrian province of Styria, the sales area of Leoben City Shopping is around 20,000 square metres, and is home of about 80 shops and eateries on 2 floors.
Leoben City Shopping, the local Media Market and i4next started a collection campaign during advent season for the Austrian Cancer Aid Styria.

People could donate used notebooks and tablets from November 27th to December 24th 2015 at the LCS Center Management or at the local Media Markt. The refurbishment and the recycling of the equipment is realized by i4next within the RUN project.

Public relations
To increase awareness of the RUN system various marketing and advertising activities were prepared and also carried out during the first year. In addition to the participation at various events ( flyers, posters and other materials were created. The web site contains all the important information about the project.

Conference paper received best paper award
The RUN approach was presented on the international conference ‘Management of Technologies - Step to Sustainable Production (MOTSP) 2015’, Brela, Croatia, 10-12 June 2015. The audience from industry and science was introduced to the rationale of the RUN consortium, its goals and the innovation of the project. For the project this was an opportunity to raise awareness in one of the target markets for refurbished notebooks. The conference paper ‘Regenfelder, Max; Gander, Walter (2015): Re-Use System for Notebooks – the Goals and Rationale of the RUN Project’ which received the ‘MOTSP 2015 Best Paper Award’ as well as the presentation by Max Regenfelder (ReUse e.V.) can be downloaded on the project’s website on

Figure 2: Max Regenfelder (ReUse e.V.) at conference in Brela, Kroatien

Furthermore the RUN Project was introduced at the ISWA’15 in Antwerp, Belgium. The World Congress took place from 7th – 9th September and dealt with issues related to climate change and "green" technologies. The RUN-project was presented to the international expert audience).

Throughout Germany the project was presented at the expert conferences listed below:

  • VDI conference “Recycling von Kunststoffen und Verbundwerkstoffen“, 23th -25th June 2015, Hamburg
  • Symposium „Wertstoffhof 2020“, 16th – 17th April 2015, Augsburg
  • „16. Bayrischen Abfall- und Deponietage" 18th – 19th March 2015, Augsburg

The RUN consortium wishes all friends, customers and project supporters a happy and successful year 2016.

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