La REcyclerie is reinventing the concept of a “third place”: neither home nor work. Established for 5 years in Paris in a former station in the inner city of the ring, the REcyclerie is a place of meetings, exchanges and sharing, dedicated to the protection of the environment. Together, citizens, businesses, associations and communities are building a fairer and more sustainable world.
Located in a former railway station rehabilitated into a living space, the REcyclerie aims to raise public awareness of eco-responsible values, in a fun and positive way.
• THE 3 R = REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE •
Collaborative initiatives and “do it yourself” are values that guide the place in its conception, its programming and catering offer.
The urban Farm
Refuge of biodiversity in the dense district of Porte de Clignancourt
the Urban Farm of the REcyclerie introduces nature over nearly 1000 m2 favoring thus the development of ecological corridors.
The Farm is made up of several complementary and interdependent spaces
- An edible forest,
- Two composting systems,
- An interior plant jungle,
- A melliferous meadow on the roof accommodating 4 beehives,
- A henhouse including a farmyard of 12 hens and 2 Indian runner ducks,
- A 400m2 collective vegetable garden with 150m2 of educational agricultural facilities in the groun
The Workshop of René
What is that ?
• Fighting against planned obsolescence: repair rather than buy back
• Sharing skills and tools: give ourselves the means to do this by learning and borrowing equipment
• Creating new things with materials we thought unusable
The REcyclerie de Paris in figures
- 365 days of operation and 200,000 visitors per year; 500 members and 100 volunteers;
- an urban farm which produces, on 1,000 m2: 450 kg of fruit and vegetables, 4,000 eggs laid by 16 hens, and 170 varieties of plants, using 1 vermicomposter and 5 compost bins. 300 training sessions in vegetable garden techniques were organized;
- a repair workshop, with 3,000 restored household appliances, 1,500 borrowed tools, 500 shared objects, and 130 Do It Yourself initiations offered;
- a responsible canteen café: with a menu of homemade products, 68,000 vegetarian dishes served, 50,000 liters of drink, 8 tonnes of recycled coffee and tea grounds, and a waste sorting center;
- an eco-cultural program: 4,000 events, 1,000 speakers, 80,000 visitors and a library of 400 freely accessible books;
- an eco-awareness initiative: 18,000 podcasts downloaded, video tutorials (on zero waste, biodiversity, responsible food), and 2 guides on responsible food and zero waste, published in partnership with the editions Larousse ;
- a web community: 50,000 subscribers on Instagram, 100,000 on Facebook, and 5 million views of videos.