The first Community of Practices event within the project framework was held on 1 April in Copenhagen, organised by the Municipality of Copenhagen which now deserves the title of the icebreaker, as the other 11 pilot cities and regions are in the middle of organising theirs.
That Saturday, 1 April, was the Nordic swap day. On this day City of Copenhagen arranged a swap market at the City Hall Square. The idea of the event was well explained in its title: “Give what you have – take what you can use”. The day was full of different activities for all ages. In addition to the swap market, one could get a face-paint with biodegradable glitter, play games on recycling and plant a seed in a used coffee cup. There were Fairtrade certified coffee and tea tastings, as well as juice shots, bananas and honey tastings.
The URBAN-WASTE project was presented to citizens and tourists who came by during the day. Around 2000 people came by to swap and many more just passed by. 3000 kg of things were swapped and the left overs were given for charity. Talking about waste management and waste prevention fitted well together with the swap event. There was a lot of interest in the project and a lot of citizens had opinions and new ideas about the waste management in the city.
Why “swap to something new”? Line Kai–Sorensen, on behalf of the City of Copenhagen explained that the city wishes to exploit resources in the city in a better way, so as much as possible is reused or recycled. Swap markets allows citizens to help reduce the waste of useful resources. “In addition, it gives citizens the opportunity to clean up the attic.”, she added.