Putting second-hand first to create local jobs: Guidance for municipalities to develop local re-use strategies

Putting second-hand first to create local jobs: Guidance for municipalities to develop local re-use strategies

RREUSE and the Zero Waste Cities Programme by Zero Waste Europe partnered to create a briefing aimed at providing support to local municipalities to help design effective and ambitious local re-use strategies. Despite good progress in recent years with increasing levels of waste being recycled rather than sent to landfill or incineration, European countries are still consuming vast amounts of resources and materials that are simply unsustainable in the long-term. […]

Job creation by social enterprises in the re-use sector

Job creation by social enterprises in the re-use sector

RREUSE’s latest briefing, Job creation in the re-use sector: Data insights from social enterprises, highlights the opportunities for job creation in the re-use sector. Based on first-hand experience and expertise provided by the wider RREUSE network, the data was drawn from RREUSE’s annual member survey and several semi-structured interviews for the year 2019. The statistics show that social enterprises active across a diverse range of re-use oriented activities on average […]

Five ways in which social enterprises embrace and innovate the rising bike culture

Five ways in which social enterprises embrace and innovate the rising bike culture

For the first time, data for 2019 in Germany shows that electric bikes were sold in higher numbers than diesel cars. It is estimated that the overall bike industry employs around 281,000 people in Germany alone. As the European Commission pleads for cities to double bike lanes by 5,000 km in the next decade, it is clear that the industry will keep growing in coming years. Subsequently, bikes are likely […]

Job creation in the re-use sector: Data insights from social enterprises

Job creation in the re-use sector: Data insights from social enterprises

The Circular Economy Action Plan estimates that the number of jobs linked to the circular economy in the EU grew by 5% between 2012 and 2018[1]. Yet, there remains gaps in research and in public understanding regarding how the circular economy can provide quality and inclusive jobs. This briefing outlines the value that social economy enterprises bring to the circular economy in terms of job creation, focussing on the upper […]

Member States to start measuring re-use

Member States to start measuring re-use

Under the EU Waste Framework Directive, Member States must monitor and assess the implementation of waste prevention measures using appropriate qualitative or quantitative measures[1]. As part of this process and following lengthy negotiations, Member States agreed on December 2020 to use a methodology to monitor re-use activities based on an implementing decision laying down a common methodology and a format for reporting on re-use. Member States will have to conduct […]