Stockholm Royal Seaport

Sustainability Report

Popular mobile reuse station

The Pop-up Reuse, – a mobile reuse station developed in Stockholm Royal Seaport, has been a success for residents and the environment alike. Now, Pop-up Reuse is being made available at around 27 sites across Stockholm.

Today, far too many things that could be used and give pleasure to others are thrown out. Plans to establish a reuse station were therefore included in Stockholm Royal Seaport’s very first policy documents.

School children visting the pop-up reuse mobile station
Co-creative dialogue on reuse
Reuse materials such as furniture. In picture chairs and tables.
A child is taking to and adult who explains the reuse of materials.
Co-creative process
People gathered by the pop-up mobile station.
Mobile reuse testing
People gathered by the pop-up reuse mobile station atStorängstorget
Pop-up reuse at Storängstorget
Two people taking at the pop-up reuse mobile station

Innovation procurement

Between 2013 and 2015, the City Development Administration and Stockholm Vatten och Avfall, with support from Sweden’s innovation agency Vinnova, conducted an innovation procurement on how the reuse station would look. Two promising proposals were granted funding to develop their respective prototypes. One of these was submitted by White Arkitekter, who suggested testing a mobile pop-up solution.

For four days in 2015, three containers were placed in Stockholm Royal Seaport – one where residents could leave clothes, furniture, and possessions they no longer needed; one where items were sorted and potentially repaired; and one where residents could take items for reuse. A key element of the initiative was to find out how much of what was handed in could be reused. The pilot project was a success. In the first few days of the trial alone, 4,000 people visited the mobile recycling station and more than 70 per cent of what was handed in could be used again.

“Permanent temporary” recycling stations

The success of the trial resulted in Stockholm Vatten och Avfall providing two of its own sets of permanent mobile reuse stations in the form of two shipping containers – one container to receive items and one from where items could be taken and reused. In the period between April and October, Pop-up Reuse was positioned in some 20 locations across the city close to pedestrian paths and cycle paths to avoid increased car traffic. This also means that people are unable to leave items at the stations that are too large to carry. 4,100 people visited the Pop-up Reuse Centre in 2021 and 2,500 items gained new owners.

Items that were handed in for reuse were primarily clothes and children’s clothes, toys, books, household utensils, carpets, and smaller items of furniture. Stockholm Vatten och Avfall works closely with recycling contractors Stadsmissionen and Myrorna, allowing them to take the bulk of the items that can be sold in their sales outlets.

In 2022, Pop-up Reuse had a total of 86,300 visitors in Stockholm and 200,000 items were circulated. In 2023, 27 different locations will be visited.

Related links:

External website: How the pop-up reuse mobile station works (Swedish only)

(Stockholm Vatten och Avfall)

Article Published: 17/04/2022 Updated: 07/05/2024