ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use 24 & 25 September 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia   Registeration is open here Registration is free but places are limited Download the latest agenda here   RREUSE is delighted to invite you to a workshop organised in the framework of the ReWEEE project, financed through the European Life + fund, to talk about the opportunities offered by the re-use of […]

SAVE THE DATE | 22 – 23 November 2018 | 2nd International RREUSE conference

SAVE THE DATE | 22 – 23 November 2018 | 2nd International RREUSE conference

SAVE THE DATE 2nd International RREUSE conference: Making the circular economy attractive, convenient and inclusive   22 – 23 November 2018 Nijmegen, Netherlands   Registration and agenda coming soon   Encouraging citizens, companies and governments to think second-hand first is not easy. We all want to move towards a circular economy but is it possible without changing our behaviour? Can awareness about the social and environmental value of re-use help […]

Call for proposals: Study on the Social Benefits of Social Enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling

Call for proposals: Study on the Social Benefits of Social Enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling

Call for proposals Research Proposal: Exploring the Wider Social Benefits of Social Enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling   Description of the work RREUSE is pleased to be searching for a consultancy to carry out a study on “the wider social benefits of social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling”. The main purpose of the study is to assess the socio-economic benefits of the reintegration of disadvantaged groups […]

Spanish study shows zero taxation on second-hand goods not a ‘loss’ to state budget

Spanish study shows zero taxation on second-hand goods not a ‘loss’ to state budget

AERESS, the Spanish association of social and solidarity enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling is calling on its government to introduce VAT exemptions for second-hand products. Used goods that have been recovered from the waste stream through ‘preparing for re-use’ and put back on the second-hand market by social enterprises should be a subject to zero percent VAT rate. A new study issued by AERESS shows that the monetary […]

RREUSE agrees new partnership with EU Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

RREUSE agrees new partnership with EU Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

  RREUSE is delighted to announce the signing of a four-year framework partnership with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The deal will help RREUSE’s mission in the promotion of an enabling policy framework that supports the role of social enterprise in a circular economy. The partnership, funded under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), will enable RREUSE to support the EU […]

New EU waste laws approved with strengthened role for re-use

New EU waste laws approved with strengthened role for re-use

On 22nd May EU Member States rubber stamped final revisions to key EU waste laws, including the Waste Framework Directive. The decision marks the end of lengthy negotiations between the EU Council and Parliament on legislative proposals published within the Commission’s Circular Economy Package in December 2015. The legislation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal and will be followed by a two-year period […]

European Social Fund and developing social enterprises active in the circular economy

European Social Fund and developing social enterprises active in the circular economy

More can be done to effectively support social enterprises active in re-use and repair through the European Social Fund according to a high-level roundtable discussion in Brussels. 20th – 21st March 2018, RREUSE assisted DIESIS and AEIDL in the organisation of a roundtable on the role of the European Social Fund (ESF) in providing opportunities to support social enterprises active in the circular economy. Participants included ESF managing authorities from […]

Households in Graz offered 100 EUR per year to have their things repaired

Households in Graz offered 100 EUR per year to have their things repaired

The Austrian city of Graz has become a non-proclaimed European capital of repair following the introduction of a new funding programme encouraging households to repair rather than replace their electronic devices. Launched in 2017, the scheme gives citizens the opportunity to be reimbursed for up to 50 % of repair costs amounting to a maximum of 100 EUR per year. In its first year of operation over 160 households benefitted […]

Pre-owned medical equipment can halve the cost for individuals and social security

Pre-owned medical equipment can halve the cost for individuals and social security

A new scheme in France focussed on the re-use and repair of medical equipment aims to help bring immense change for those struggling with permanent or physical disabilities, greatly reducing expenses for medical equipment which can climb to thousands of euros. The initiative, known as ‘Envie Autonomie’, offers quality second-hand medical beds, wheelchairs, walkers and other items including professional equipment which are 50 – 70 % cheaper than new. The […]

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 […]