Jobs for young people through the reuse of technology

The new technological waste management centre opens as an example of labour insertion for vulnerable youngsters through the handling and recycling of electronic items. The project is managed by the Fundació Trinijove and housed in an old industrial unit ceded by the City Council and revamped by the entity.

27/06/2018 18:21 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Mobile phones, computers and other electronic equipment will get a second life thanks to participants on the job scheme for people at risk of exclusion. The project, promoted by Trinijove and Obra Social “la Caixa”, is particularly aimed at young people in the Sant Martí district. The initiative includes specific skills training in handling and optimising unused equipment, as well as promoting quality and stable labour insertion.

The centre is housed in an old modernista industrial unit at C/ Pujades 97, in the Poblenou neighbourhood, ceded by the City Council and done up by the labour insertion company promoted by Trinijove. The renovation project maintained the architectural features which make the premises neighbourhood heritage, as well as introducing sustainable energy solutions such as solar panels. The restructuring of the space inside improves the functionality of the unit by dividing it into two sections, one for teaching and the other for handling technological waste.

The technological waste will come from the 22@ area and will be reconditioned for new uses or recycled for social ends and innovative purposes. Part of the activity at the centre will be geared towards technological production, such as the mobile phone lab, and there will also be a sales point for second-hand electronic items in good condition.

The waste handling centre is an example of the collaborative green economy, the result of joint work by Trinijove, Barcelona City Council, Obra Social “la Caixa” and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Families at the Government of Catalonia.


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