EU Parliament vote brings national re-use discussions a step closer

EU Parliament vote brings national re-use discussions a step closer

Following today’s vote by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Europe took another step forward to officially adopting changes to key EU waste laws, initially proposed as part of the Commission’s Circular Economy Package in December 2015. Despite a lack of any immediate binding targets for “preparing for re-use” activities, RREUSE remains optimistic about the agreed updates to the EU waste framework directive following final negotiations held in December 2017. Michal […]

The SURFACE project: More re-use in Central Europe!

The SURFACE project: More re-use in Central Europe!

Our society consumes large volumes of goods and resources resulting in severe consequences for our environment due to increased waste generation. The best way to reduce waste is not to generate it in the first place which starts with extending the lifetime of products. In order to produce new goods energy is needed and raw materials must be excavated. Re-use is therefore a viable way to reduce consumption and conserve […]

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

The European Parliament and EU Member States have agreed on clearer measures to support waste prevention and made notable steps to clarify the role of ‘preparing for re-use’ in the European waste hierarchy as part of a revised European Waste Framework Directive.  Whilst regrettably lower in ambition compared to the European Parliament’s original negotiating position, RREUSE welcomed the revised legislation but says member states will now need to take further […]

European re-use sector gathers to promote the human dimension of a circular economy

At the end of November over one hundred participants from thirteen European countries met in Charleroi, Belgium, to discuss the role of social enterprise in a circular economy. The conference organised by RREUSE demonstrated the key social and environmental impact of re-use and explored different forms of collaboration between social enterprise, public authorities and the private sector. The event coincided with the ongoing implementation of the European Commission’s circular economy […]

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy: A story of Community, Resilience and Innovation 23 – 24 November 2017 Charleroi, Belgium    Pour la version française, cliquez ici   Download the final agenda in English here (pdf) Speaker profiles (pdf)   Extending product lifetimes through re-use and repair has tremendous social and environmental impact and is at the heart of a circular economy vision. […]

170 re-use centres across Europe show what impact can be made by re-use in one week

170 re-use centres across Europe show what impact can be made by re-use in one week

RREUSE’s annual campaign Reuse More Throw Less was carried out by re-use centres from its network during the European Week for Waste Reduction that took place between 18 and 26 November 2017. Over six days, 170 participating re-use centres in five European countries weighed all donated goods collected and sold in their shops. At the end, RREUSE added these numbers together to show the impact they had on waste reduction. […]

Austrian social enterprises develop a business model for re-use of building materials

Construction and demolition waste is the most voluminous waste stream generated in the EU and a priority waste stream according to the European Commission. Last year Austria introduced a progressive regulation to prevent waste of the high-value material by boosting re-use of construction and demolition components. As a response to that a project was launched to exercise re-use on a large-scale demolition work for the first time in Austria. According […]

Social enterprises sorting out the textile waste problem

On 28th June, re-use operators from the social economy shared their experiences from the textile re-use and recycling sector at a high level conference dedicated to the subject held in Zagreb, Croatia at the premises of the European Commission. The conference was hosted by Humana Nova, one of the first Croatian social cooperatives that was established in 2011 and has developed into a thriving enterprise present in three cities. Humana […]

Conference: The role of textile re-use in a circular economy

Conference: The role of textile re-use in a circular economy

The role of textile re-use in a circular economy: Practice and policy in Central and Eastern Europe Organised with the kind support of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Croatia Wednesday 28th June 2017, 9:00 – 13:30 Kuća Europe, Augusta Cesarca 4, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia Humana Nova and RREUSE kindly invite you to a conference that will open the topic of re-use and treatment of used textiles in Croatia […]

European Parliament urges Commission and Member States to promote longer product lifespans

European Parliament urges Commission and Member States to promote longer product lifespans

On 9th of June 2017 the European Parliament voted favourably on a report outlining how the EU could help extend the lifetime of products and help boost the declining repair sector in Europe. Whilst legally non-binding, the report led by MEP Pascal Durand further helps reinforce product durability and reparability on the European political agenda, responding to the 77 % of EU consumers that would prefer to try to repair broken […]