RREUSE joins Commission expert group on social economy and social enterprises

RREUSE joins Commission expert group on social economy and social enterprises

RREUSE  is pleased to announce that it has been selected to join an expert group on social economy and social enterprises lead by DG GROW and DG EMPL which will run for a six year period. The group is a successor of the Commission’s Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES) set up as part of the actions of the Social Business Initiative launched by the Commission in 2011. This is […]

2nd International RREUSE conference | 22 – 23 November 2018

2nd International RREUSE conference | 22 – 23 November 2018

  2nd International RREUSE conference: Making the circular economy attractive, convenient and inclusive   22 – 23 November 2018 Nijmegen, Netherlands   How was it? Read the summary article here   Encouraging citizens, companies and governments to think second-hand first is not easy. We all want to move towards a circular economy but is it possible without changing our behaviour? Can awareness about the social and environmental value of re-use […]

RREUSE at the international forum on public procurement ECOPROCURA 2018

RREUSE at the international forum on public procurement ECOPROCURA 2018

3 – 5 October 2018 Nijmegen, Netherlands   RREUSE will be facilitating a workshop on supporting social enterprises through public procurement at the international conference gathering experts on on sustainable, circular and innovative procurement ECOPROCURA 2018. On 4th October we will talk about the use of social clauses in public tenders during the session on ‘supporting local economies and communities through social procurement’. After presenting RREUSE’s members’ experience with social […]

More jobs, less waste: RREUSE reaction to Juncker’s  State of the Union 2018

More jobs, less waste: RREUSE reaction to Juncker’s State of the Union 2018

Today, on 12 September 2018, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission delivered his speech on the State of the Union.  RREUSE welcomes the Commission’s efforts to contribute to job creation and deliver not only promises but also results. However, more importance should be placed on offering employment opportunities for the disadvantaged, such as long-term unemployed, disabled, low-skilled or marginalised persons. Social enterprises offer training and jobs that significantly […]

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

World-famous 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 […]