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 […]

A circular tour through Vienna

The role of social enterprise in a circular economy was a key theme throughout a major three-day event in Vienna which saw the launch of a new Austrian Circular Economy Stakeholder platform as well as ministerial discussions on Austria’s current and future waste prevention strategy. Local social enterprise initiatives were also awarded Vienna’s prestigious Environmental Prize. Over 20 social enterprises representatives and entrepreneurs from 12 countries met in the Austrian […]

Separate target needed to put re-use before recycling

Separate target needed to put re-use before recycling

A new report recommends setting national ‘preparing for re-use’ targets for large household appliances and IT equipment and to assess the feasibility of setting targets for other electronics categories. The study, carried out on behalf of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, concludes that without a separate target, the existing waste management system in Ireland will continue its focus on recycling waste electricals at the lowest possible cost, without prioritising re-use. […]

Quality labels to encourage shoppers to buy second-hand

Quality labels to encourage shoppers to buy second-hand

Although the majority of European citizens are open to buying second-hand, much needs to be done to dispel the notion that second-hand implies lower quality. In order to address the issue many social enterprises active in the second-hand industry are taking action and creating quality labels, showcasing a highly professional approach to re-use and the commitment to creating employment for those struggling to find a job. One such example is […]