The « ressourceries » are small businesses which salvage, give value to and reuse all types of unprocessed residual matter : furniture, clothing, domestic electrical appliances, computers… Objects reclaimed in this way can be sold at a low price or recycled. The amount of objects which are buried or incinerated is thus considerably reduced. During a sale week for example, 22 French « ressourceries » managed to sell 30 tons of objects. Getting these objects back into working order also helps job seekers get back to work.
In France, the « ressourceries » network is supported by the ADEME and different regions.