A Green and Inclusive Deal?

The newly released “European Green Deal” contains a palpable sense of support for improved social inclusion in a green and just transition but lacks urgency and detail on exactly how the EU proposes to implement such change. The deal, referring to “new business models”, fails to explicitly mention the role of existing sustainable entities such as social enterprises active in re-use and repair already providing up-skilling, jobs and training to […]

3rd International Conference on Social and Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy

On 7 November 2019, RREUSE held its 3rd International Conference in Berriozar, focusing on the role of social and solidarity enterprises in the circular economy. The RREUSE network diverts over 1 million tonnes of material from landfill every year – which is equivalent to the weight of 137 Eiffel Towers. The conference, co-organised by AERESS and Traperos de Emaús Navarra, welcomed over 140 participants from 17 different countries. RREUSE was […]

New €1.3 million EU project to boost re-use policies

New €1.3 million EU project to boost re-use policies

On 22 and 23 October, EMULSA hosted the launch meeting of 2LIFES, a European project involving seven partners to promote re-use through public policies. 2LIFES is part of the fourth call of the Interreg Europe programme in which 170 applications were submitted and only 74 selected. The project officially started on 1 August 2019 and will last for 42 months, ending in 2023. With a budget of €1,383,826, 2LIFES operates […]

SUBTRACT: New Interreg Project

SUBTRACT: New Interreg Project

RREUSE collaborates with six international partners on re-use. From the 7-10 October, partners from seven European countries, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, discussed the future of re-use in Europe at the headquarters of AURI, the Umbrian Waste and Water Authority in Perugia, Italy. Representatives from regional governments like Styria and Catalonia, waste authorities such as Vakin from Sweden, managers and experts of re-use centres were amongst […]

EU Parliament vote brings national re-use discussions a step closer

EU Parliament vote brings national re-use discussions a step closer

Following today’s vote by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Europe took another step forward to officially adopting changes to key EU waste laws, initially proposed as part of the Commission’s Circular Economy Package in December 2015. Despite a lack of any immediate binding targets for “preparing for re-use” activities, RREUSE remains optimistic about the agreed updates to the EU waste framework directive following final negotiations held in December 2017. Michal […]

The SURFACE project: More re-use in Central Europe!

The SURFACE project: More re-use in Central Europe!

Our society consumes large volumes of goods and resources resulting in severe consequences for our environment due to increased waste generation. The best way to reduce waste is not to generate it in the first place which starts with extending the lifetime of products. In order to produce new goods energy is needed and raw materials must be excavated. Re-use is therefore a viable way to reduce consumption and conserve […]

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

The European Parliament and EU Member States have agreed on clearer measures to support waste prevention and made notable steps to clarify the role of ‘preparing for re-use’ in the European waste hierarchy as part of a revised European Waste Framework Directive.  Whilst regrettably lower in ambition compared to the European Parliament’s original negotiating position, RREUSE welcomed the revised legislation but says member states will now need to take further […]

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

The southern Belgian province of Wallonia is the latest region to introduce a separate target for re-use of waste electrical items following a pioneering move by Spain in 2015. The Walloon Government Decree requires 2% of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) to be ‘prepared for re-use’ from January 2020. The target covers six categories of waste appliances, making it wider in scope than the Spanish measures. This Belgian initiative came […]

MEPs support separate targets for preparing for re-use

MEPs support separate targets for preparing for re-use

Today, the European Parliament’s environment committee backed several changes to the EU Waste Framework Directive which would support re-use and repair as well as social enterprise active in this field. These changes are based on European Commission proposals to amend EU waste legislation published as part their Circular Economy Package in December 2015. Of particular note, the committee has supported separate ‘preparing for re-use’ targets away from recycling as well […]

Circular Economy Package: stronger measures needed to boost re-use

Circular Economy Package: stronger measures needed to boost re-use

2 December 2015 Brussels – The European Commission’s revised Circular Economy Package, if left unchanged, will not do enough to develop local re-use centres, create jobs and stem the tide of re-usable goods sent to recycling or landfill every year according to RREUSE. According to recent estimates, one third of all material arriving at recycling centres could still be re-used and at least one quarter of electronic waste still has […]