Spain first country to set target to stop reusable goods ending up in landfill

Spain first country to set target to stop reusable goods ending up in landfill

Thousands of tonnes of textiles, furniture and electrical goods will be redirected from recycling and landfill to be repaired and resold under the terms of a new national Spanish waste management plan. The Spanish waste plan covering the period 2016-22, launched at the end of last year and presented at a workshop in Brussels earlier this month, sets a 50% target for waste to be recycled or prepared for re-use. Within […]

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 […]

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 […]

Government experts share best practice on re-use

Innovative measures to promote re-use over recycling across Europe were highlighted earlier this month at an event organized by RREUSE in Brussels. Spanish legislation boosting re-use and emphasising the role of the social economy in the waste sector was showcased by Margarita Ruiz Saiz-Aja,  Deputy Director of the Waste Department in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Spain’s newly published 2016-22 Waste Management Plan sets an overall objective […]