RREUSE position on the updated EU Waste Framework Directive

RREUSE position on the updated EU Waste Framework Directive

As part of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, a number of EU waste laws have recently been updated with Member States having until 4th July 2020 to transpose the new provisions into their national legal frameworks. These include EU Directives on Waste, Packaging and Packaging Waste, Landfill, Batteries, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and End of Life Vehicles (EoLV). RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises active in […]

Separate target needed to put re-use before recycling

Separate target needed to put re-use before recycling

A new report recommends setting national ‘preparing for re-use’ targets for large household appliances and IT equipment and to assess the feasibility of setting targets for other electronics categories. The study, carried out on behalf of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, concludes that without a separate target, the existing waste management system in Ireland will continue its focus on recycling waste electricals at the lowest possible cost, without prioritising re-use. […]

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’ annually from January 2020. The target covers six categories of waste appliances, making it wider in scope than the Spanish measures. This Belgian […]

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 […]