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LOWaste International Seminar Roundup

On 6 March, 2013, RREUSE hosted an international conference looking at the success factors and barriers to creating... read more

New Public Procurement Directive to Support Work Integration Social Enterprises

The new Directive seeks to include societal goals in the procurement process including environmental protection and... read more

LOWaste Project International Meeting

Interested in developing local markets for reused and recycled products and knowing more about the social economy?... read more

‘Green Week 2014 satellite events’ on circular economy

RREUSE and the European Commission’s DG Environment seek ‘Green Week 2014 satellite events’ on circular economy

RREUSE participates in the conference "Social Enterpreneurs: Have your say!"

In Strasbourg on 16-17 January RREUSE attended the conference “Social entrepreneurs: Have you say !” where over... read more

About our network

RREUSE is a European umbrella for social enterprises with activities in reuse, repair and recycling. RREUSE's members are national and regional social economy  networks that combine both social and environmental objectives and give them equal emphasis.

Approximately 42,000 Full Time Equivalent employees and over 200,000 volunteers and trainees work within our 22 member networks across 12 Member States. Although legal structures and national contexts may differ, RREUSE's members share common values such as environmental protection, service to the community, the fight against poverty and the social inclusion of disadvantaged people back into the labour market and society as a whole. In addition to the social and environmental objectives, these initiatives bring back products at affordable prices to the market, providing essential household items for low income groups.

RREUSE promotes a sustainable development model which takes into consideration the following three pillars:

  • environmental protection: waste prevention and sustainable management
  • social equity: social inclusion activities and affordable goods
  • economic viability: job creation and training opportunities

The main activities of our members include:

  • collection, sorting and redistribution of textiles and clothing
  • collection, repair and reuse of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE), furniture and bulky waste 
  • home and community composting projects
  • charity and second hand shops
  • collection and recycling of paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, paints, metals, books and toys 
  • awareness raising campaigns, international projects, exchange of best practice and business support