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 […]

MEPs call on the Commission to follow civil society approach in textile strategy

MEPs call on the Commission to follow civil society approach in textile strategy

Today a group of 53 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) from across the political spectrum have written a letter to Commissioners Sinkevičius, Hogan, Reynders, and Urpilainen endorsing civil society’s approach to rethinking the global textile value chain. In their letter, MEPs stress the “need to adopt a truly comprehensive approach that deals with the various issues highlighted in [the] civil society strategy, including human rights, environment, governance, and gender”. […]

Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Today, the EU Commission published its much-anticipated Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Mathieu Rama, Senior Policy Officer at RREUSE, shared the following reaction: “A comprehensive upstream approach ensuring products are durable, repairable and re-useable is timely. Whilst tackling design of electrical products remains a priority, we welcome indications that other product categories such as textiles and furniture will also be addressed within a new Sustainable Product Policy”. Addressing our soaring […]

2LIFES Partnership Discuss Re-use Initiatives from the Public Sector

2LIFES Partnership Discuss Re-use Initiatives from the Public Sector

On 20 February 2020, the European Interreg project, 2LIFES, met in Brussels to discuss re-use initiatives from the public sector. Organised by RREUSE, this Workshop for Capacity-Building Building aimed to train and inform the partnership about the best re-use practices worldwide. Focusing on current re-use practices in Belgium, Yannick d’Otreppe from Bruxelles Environnement, a public authority, detailed Brussels’ regional project “Be Circular” which pushes for re-use within the building and […]

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 […]