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 […]

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 […]

Circular Economy Package: stronger measures needed to boost re-use

Circular Economy Package: stronger measures needed to boost re-use

2 December 2015 Brussels – The European Commission’s revised Circular Economy Package, if left unchanged, will not do enough to develop local re-use centres, create jobs and stem the tide of re-usable goods sent to recycling or landfill every year according to RREUSE. According to recent estimates, one third of all material arriving at recycling centres could still be re-used and at least one quarter of electronic waste still has […]

WEEE compromise far from convincing for the European re-use sector

WEEE compromise far from convincing for the European re-use sector

Following today’s Parliamentary vote in Strasbourg, RREUSE is hugely disappointed about the lack of ambition of the compromise second reading position reached between the European Parliament and the Council on the WEEE Recast. The measures agreed will severely hinder re-use rates of WEEE in Europe and not exploit the clear benefits and potential of re-use in Europe. This decisions were taken regardless of studies showing that one in two Europeans would be happy to […]

RREUSE statement on the ENVI Committee vote on the WEEE Recast

RREUSE statement on the ENVI Committee vote on the WEEE Recast

As an organisation representing European social enterprises and networks, whose main activities are primarily re-use and recycling, we very much welcome the result of the ENVI Committee vote today on the WEEE Recast. In order to increase the amount of re-use opportunities in Europe, firmly contributing to resource efficiency, adhering to the Waste Hierarchy and increasing local employment opportunities, RREUSE is delighted to see that the amendments adopted by the […]