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. […]

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 […]

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

The European Parliament’s Industry committee has backed several changes to the proposed Circular Economy Package which could boost re-use and repair and enhance the role of social economy actors involved in activities covered under the EU’s Waste Framework Directive. However, the suggestions are only advisory as the Environment committee has the lead role in the Parliament’s negotiations on the new laws. According to the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee, […]

MEPs see benefits of re-use first hand

A delegation of MEPs and European parliamentary staff working on the EU’s revised Circular Economy Package toured a French re-use facility in Strasbourg earlier this month. The visit, organised by RREUSE, introduced policymakers to the training and job creation potential of repair and re-use social enterprises. It also reinforced the message that re-use targets and guaranteed access to waste streams are critical to the future of the sector. The delegation […]

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

Reacting to today’s vote in the European Parliament on a report on Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy, Michal Len, Director of RREUSE, a network of re-use organisations in Europe said: “Setting separate targets for re-use of goods in addition to those for recycling is crucial to cutting resource use, creating green jobs and giving access to basic material needs especially for low income groups. The report approved today […]

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.    

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)

Letter to MEPs urging opposition to withdrawal of the Circular Economy Package

Letter to MEPs urging opposition to withdrawal of the Circular Economy Package

Brussels, 7 January 2015 Joint Statement on the European Commission’s plan to withdraw the waste component of the Circular Economy package from its 2015 Work Programme The signatories of this statement, which include business associations, NGOs and federations of municipalities, wish to underline their support for the Circular Economy package as it would bring about substantial environmental, economic and social benefits. Although there are various ideas about how to improve the current set of […]

Briefing: Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe

Briefing: Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe

Around 2.7 billion tonnes of waste was generated in 2010, but only about 40% of that was reused, recycled, or composted and digested in Europe (Eurostat Waste Statistics, 2011). Considering also the pressing need to boost employment and training opportunities, of which there is significant potential within the field of resource efficiency, RREUSE welcomes the draft ENVI Committee own initiative report on the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe. In […]

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 […]