SAVE THE DATE: 23 – 24 November – 1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

SAVE THE DATE: 23 – 24 November – 1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy

SAVE THE DATE 23 – 24 November 2017 1st International Conference on the Role of Social Enterprise in a Circular Economy: A story of Community, Resilience and Innovation Charleroi, Belgium Registration will open soon   Download the latest draft agenda (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. These activities can be a […]

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 […]

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

The southern Belgian province of Wallonia is the latest region to introduce a separate target for re-use of waste electrical items following a pioneering move by Spain in 2015. The Walloon Government Decree requires 2% of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) to be ‘prepared for re-use’ from January 2020. The target covers six categories of waste appliances, making it wider in scope than the Spanish measures. This Belgian initiative came […]

Educational centre in Dublin puts circular economy talks into practice

Educational centre in Dublin puts circular economy talks into practice

A renovated 1960s boiler house in Dublin has become a unique place to host initiatives working on waste prevention and re-use including social enterprises. Originally destined for demolition the industrial building was finally renovated by the WISER Life project and demonstrates how to use waste as resources and keep energy and materials in circulation. After three years of renovation the boiler house was officially opened by Minister for Communication, Climate […]

RREUSE expands with Emmaüs Europe joining the network

RREUSE expands with Emmaüs Europe joining the network

RREUSE is delighted to announce that Emmaüs Europe has become a member of the network. The federation of all Emmaüs structures in Europe brings together 309 groups from 17 European countries and represents one of the four continental regions of the Emmaüs movement. Thanks to the their membership RREUSE now has wider representation in six additional countries including Germany, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, Albania and Ukraine. The Emmaüs movement is driven […]

European re-use actors from the social economy meet in Brussels

Mid-March the first RREUSE network meeting of this year was held in Brussels attended by 16 members from 10 countries. Discussions about the current policy work were encouraged by the European Parliament vote in the plenary that strengthened the role of re-use and social economy in the European waste legislation. Another positive of the meeting was an admission of Emmaüs Europe as a new member of RREUSE. RREUSE is happy […]

European Parliament votes for stronger re-use and social economy sector

European Parliament votes for stronger re-use and social economy sector

The European Parliament has endorsed several changes to the EU Commission’s proposed update to the Waste Framework Directive that would help support social enterprises working in the field of re-use and repair. The full parliament agreed to back a number of changes proposed in January by the Environment Committee. The vote represents an important step towards a final legislative text; negotiations on a final deal will now begin with member state governments. […]

Opening Conference of the BIOHEC-Life project: The potential of biowaste for a circular Europe

Opening Conference of the BIOHEC-Life project: The potential of biowaste for a circular Europe

Wednesday 15 March 2017, 14:00 – 17:30 European Economic and Social Committee – Rue Belliard 99 • B-1040 Brussels, BE – Room JDE 63 RREUSE is one of the partners in the BIOHEC-Life project which aims at promoting the use of used cooking oils for biodiesel production. The project will be launched with a conference on the potential of biowaste for the circular economy organised by Pour la Solidarité in […]