Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of social economy re-use operators: Implementing a socially inclusive waste hierarchy

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a tool placing responsibility on producers, importers and retailers to financially and/or physically manage the post-consumer phase of certain goods. EPR aims to prevent the unnecessary production of waste, manufacture better designed goods and participate in the achievement of waste collection, prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling targets. Various EPR models have developed organically across European countries, including France which covers the largest amount of […]

Supporting new business models fostering a radical shift to a circular economy

Supporting new business models fostering a radical shift to a circular economy

The Raw Materials and Circular Societies Prize winners drive the efficient implementation of the Circular Economy in Europe The concept of a circular economy has recently gained traction in Europe as a positive, solutions-based perspective for achieving economic development within increasing environmental constraints. Different type of stakeholders, such as business, consumers, citizens and cities, are key in driving the transition to a greener and circular Europe. EIT RawMaterials teamed up with ICLEI, […]

Matthias Neitsch takes up RREUSE presidency

Matthias Neitsch takes up RREUSE presidency

After seven years of impeccable leadership as President of RREUSE, Antigone Dalamaga has passed on the presidency to Matthias Neitsch following a unanimous vote at RREUSE’s Annual General Assembly. Matthias is the Managing director of RepaNet, the Austrian NGO for social economy re-use enterprises and re-use and repair networks, and of VABÖ, the Austrian Federation of Municipal Environment & Waste Advisors. Since its founding in 2004, RepaNet has been a […]

Social enterprises to help put new EU Circular Economy Plan into action

Social enterprises to help put new EU Circular Economy Plan into action

On 11 March 2020, the European Commission published one of the main pillars of its Green Deal: the new Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Within days of publication, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered an unprecedented health, economic and societal challenge. The crisis underlines the pressing need for systemic change that the circular economy can offer, notably through more re-use and repair. Aiming to transform the EU’s take, make, use and dispose […]

RREUSE feedback on Empowering the consumer for the green transition

RREUSE feedback on Empowering the consumer for the green transition

RREUSE welcomes the release of the inception impact assessment “Empowering the consumer for the green transition”. Tackling greenwashing and premature obsolescence is essential to improve the quality of products placed on the EU market and, in the long run, of second-hand products too. This is also highly anticipated by consumers who, in the aftermath of Covid-19, wish to possess durable and repairable goods on which they can rely in times […]

RREUSE responds to the new European Digital Education Action Plan

RREUSE responds to the new European Digital Education Action Plan

Learning from the COVID-19 crisis: teaching, learning and technology in a changing world was the theme of the public consultation which gathered the views and experiences of all citizens, following the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, the related switch to distance and online learning, and their vision for the future of digital education in Europe. ‘As an initial contemplation, while areas such as ‘social’ and ‘ecological’ are seen as converging areas, ‘digital’ is in many ways […]

‘Smart Re-use Parks’ as the emerging model for boosting sustainable way of life

‘Smart Re-use Parks’ as the emerging model for boosting sustainable way of life

The SURFACE project (Interreg Central Europe), successfully closed in June 2020 after three years of activities with many good results paving the way for a future with re-use being a part of everyday life. SURFACE brought together ten partners from Central Europe to promote and run the so-called ‘Smart Re-Use Parks’. The ‘Smart Re-use Parks’ bring various re-use, repair and waste prevention activities to the citizens, offering them alternatives to […]