World-wide known festival to stop mountains of re-usable camping gear being thrown away

World-wide known festival to stop mountains of re-usable camping gear being thrown away

One of the world’s largest music festivals, Tomorrowland, joined forces with a social enterprise in a fight against wasting tonnes of camping equipment left behind by revellers. Tomorrowland attracts 400, 000 enthusiastic festival goers and hosts around 38 000 people at the DreamVille campsite in Boom, Belgium. Every year around 75 tonnes of camping equipment is estimated to be abandoned after the music pipes down. In 2016, Love Tomorrow platform […]

Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use 24 & 25 September 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia   Download the agenda here   RREUSE is delighted to invite you to a workshop organised in the framework of the ReWEEE project, financed through the European Life + fund, to talk about the opportunities offered by the re-use of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Europe. The ReWeee Project aims […]

Call for proposals: Study on the Social Benefits of Social Enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling

Call for proposals: Study on the Social Benefits of Social Enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling

Call for proposals Research Proposal: Exploring the Wider Social Benefits of Social Enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling   Description of the work RREUSE is pleased to be searching for a consultancy to carry out a study on “the wider social benefits of social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling”. The main purpose of the study is to assess the socio-economic benefits of the reintegration of disadvantaged groups […]

Management of used cooking oils and food waste in Greece

Management of used cooking oils and food waste in Greece

Opportunities offered through the collection of used cooking oil to produce advanced biodiesel were discussed during a workshop organised by RREUSE in the framework of the Biohec Life project at Harokopio University of Athens on 29th June 2018. With its experience in the local, social and eco-friendly collection and transformation of used cooking oil into biodiesel, the social enterprise GECCO (Lille, France) is leading the Biohec Project which aims to […]

Spanish study shows zero taxation on second-hand goods not a ‘loss’ to state budget

Spanish study shows zero taxation on second-hand goods not a ‘loss’ to state budget

AERESS, the Spanish association of social and solidarity enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling is calling on its government to introduce VAT exemptions for second-hand products. Used goods that have been recovered from the waste stream through ‘preparing for re-use’ and put back on the second-hand market by social enterprises should be a subject to zero percent VAT rate. A new study issued by AERESS shows that the monetary […]

RREUSE agrees new partnership with EU Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

RREUSE agrees new partnership with EU Commission’s DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

  RREUSE is delighted to announce the signing of a four-year framework partnership with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The deal will help RREUSE’s mission in the promotion of an enabling policy framework that supports the role of social enterprise in a circular economy. The partnership, funded under the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), will enable RREUSE to support the EU […]

New EU waste laws approved with strengthened role for re-use

New EU waste laws approved with strengthened role for re-use

On 22nd May EU Member States rubber stamped final revisions to key EU waste laws, including the Waste Framework Directive. The decision marks the end of lengthy negotiations between the EU Council and Parliament on legislative proposals published within the Commission’s Circular Economy Package in December 2015. The legislation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal and will be followed by a two-year period […]

European Social Fund and developing social enterprises active in the circular economy

European Social Fund and developing social enterprises active in the circular economy

More can be done to effectively support social enterprises active in re-use and repair through the European Social Fund according to a high-level roundtable discussion in Brussels. 20th – 21st March 2018, RREUSE assisted DIESIS and AEIDL in the organisation of a roundtable on the role of the European Social Fund (ESF) in providing opportunities to support social enterprises active in the circular economy. Participants included ESF managing authorities from […]

Households in Graz offered 100 EUR per year to have their things repaired

Households in Graz offered 100 EUR per year to have their things repaired

The Austrian city of Graz has become a non-proclaimed European capital of repair following the introduction of a new funding programme encouraging households to repair rather than replace their electronic devices. Launched in 2017, the scheme gives citizens the opportunity to be reimbursed for up to 50 % of repair costs amounting to a maximum of 100 EUR per year. In its first year of operation over 160 households benefitted […]

Pre-owned medical equipment can halve the cost for individuals and social security

Pre-owned medical equipment can halve the cost for individuals and social security

A new scheme in France focussed on the re-use and repair of medical equipment aims to help bring immense change for those struggling with permanent or physical disabilities, greatly reducing expenses for medical equipment which can climb to thousands of euros. The initiative, known as ‘Envie Autonomie’, offers quality second-hand medical beds, wheelchairs, walkers and other items including professional equipment which are 50 – 70 % cheaper than new. The […]