10 key steps to get the circular economy back on track

10 key steps to get the circular economy back on track

Setting binding targets for preparing for re-use at EU level amongst the 10 key steps to get the circular economy package on track. We call on the EU Parliament and Member States to put second-hand first Download the full pdf here        

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

In December 2015, the European Commission relaunched a strategy for moving Europe towards a ‘Circular Economy’ which includes a set of legislative proposals to revise key EU waste laws. It is critically important that re-use of unwanted but re-usable goods is the top priority, above recycling and that the role of social enterprises in the sector is explicitly supported within the legal text. Read our feedback and suggestions to policy […]

Re-use has higher employment potential than recycling

Re-use has higher employment potential than recycling

A new briefing from RREUSE shows that the job creation potential of the re-use sector is significantly higher than recycling, incineration and landfill. The report cites US figures showing that for 10,000 tonnes of waste products and materials, 1 job would be created if incineration were used compared to 6 jobs in landfill, 36 jobs in recycling, and up to 296 in refurbishment and re-use. Data from Komosie, a Belgian […]

Making repair cheaper and easier through EU policy

Making repair cheaper and easier through EU policy

In response to the European Commission’s recent consultation on a new Circular Economy package, RREUSE has published an analysis of how EU policy could be better implemented to ensure products entering the EU market are easily and cheaply repairable. Michal Len, Director of RREUSE said: “Jobs in repair are rapidly declining – EU citizens want their stuff repaired but it’s too expensive for them to do so and consequently they […]

Social clauses: Why so important and how to implement them

Social clauses: Why so important and how to implement them

Thousands of social enterprises across Europe have been active in the sector for many years, providing job and training opportunities for disadvantaged workers and giving them a fresh start on the labour market. RREUSE believes that the role of social enterprises in the re-use sector should be safeguarded and developed through the use of social clauses in tendering procedures. See here.

Walking The Circle – The 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

Walking The Circle – The 4 guiding pillars for a Circular Economy

RREUSE has published a joint briefing highlighting the key policy areas that must be addressed by the EU institutions to ensure a fully functioning circular economy, and some of the often overlooked benefits that can result.  Read the briefing here.    

Putting re-use and repair at the heart of circular economy legislation

Putting re-use and repair at the heart of circular economy legislation

We want the EU to put re-use and repair at the heart of the new circular economy legislation, to be published later this year. Putting second hand first with concrete action and targets, beyond recycling, will be a major boost for the economy, society and the environment. Read our position paper here

Making products durable and easy to repair: Joint manifesto

Making products durable and easy to repair: Joint manifesto

RREUSE has published a joint manifesto calling for legislation that ensures new products sold in Europe are made more durable and easy to repair. RREUSE will work together with the co-signatories, including IFIXIT, Repair Café International, FoEE, the EEB, ZWE and ECOS, to achieve the aims outlined in the manifesto. The groups are also keen to encourage other organisations that also share this vision to join them. Read the statement […]

Briefing on Circular Economy Package: Questioning the Reasons for Withdrawal

Briefing on Circular Economy Package: Questioning the Reasons for Withdrawal

The proposal by the European Commission to withdraw the Circular Economy Package from its 2015 Work Programme has produced a worrying climate of uncertainty. The arguments given for proposing the withdrawal call into question the legality, substance and democracy of the decision. Download (pdf)