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 […]

Poor handling of WEEE must be tackled

It is frustrating to see our old electronics being trashed, including at local recycling centres, especially when we know they could have been used by someone else. Waste policies favouring recycling over re-use, including the lack of separate EU targets for preparing for re-use, have led to a situation where waste collection and logistics systems tend to be unsuitable for supporting re-use activities. A European standard for the collection and […]

Scottish re-use consortium delivers furniture to people in need

Scottish re-use consortium delivers furniture to people in need

Scottish households on a low income can access essential items such as beds, tables, fridges or washing machines quicker and cheaper thanks to a consortium of social enterprises providing them with quality second-hand goods. The Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS) has created a consortium that works with local authorities and creates a connection between re-use social enterprises and clients of the Scottish Welfare Fund, a safety net for vulnerable people […]

MEPs support separate targets for preparing for re-use

MEPs support separate targets for preparing for re-use

Today, the European Parliament’s environment committee backed several changes to the EU Waste Framework Directive which would support re-use and repair as well as social enterprise active in this field. These changes are based on European Commission proposals to amend EU waste legislation published as part their Circular Economy Package in December 2015. Of particular note, the committee has supported separate ‘preparing for re-use’ targets away from recycling as well […]

Discussion and book signing with Sepp Eisenriegler: How consumerism fools us and how to fight back

Librebook│Chaussée de Wavre 128│Brussels On 18 January RREUSE organised a discussion with Sepp Eisenriegler, a passionate fighter against the throwaway culture and the founder of the Repair and Service Centre Vienna (R.U.S.Z), a social enterprise. RREUSE was delighted to welcome him in Brussels where he presented his book “Konsumtrottel” published in Austria last year*. In “Konsumtrottel” he describes the strategies behind the manufacturing of short-lived products and making repair and […]