WEEE preparation for re-use: Position on CENELEC standards for the sector

A professional approach to the preparation for reuse[1] of WEEE[2] is essential both in terms of consumer safety and confidence when purchasing second-hand goods. It is also important because of health, safety and environmental issues, particularly considering the potential presence of substances of concern). Hundreds of social economy enterprises across Europe are active in this sector, giving a new lease of life to products and providing local job and training […]

10 Priorities to Transform EU Waste Policy

Almost 90% of material resources used in the EU are lost after their first use. A lot more effort is needed to accelerate a systemic transition to a circular economy, to drastically reduce the EU’s absolute natural resource use and greenhouse gas emissions, respecting the planetary boundaries and striving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The European Commission’s next Circular Economy Action Plan alongside the overarching European Green Deal should […]

Drawing to a close on the centenary ILO celebrations of 2019

RREUSE presented at the ILO’s 11th SSE (Social and Solidarity Economy) Academy during the year, contributing to the session in mid-October (14-18 October) which took place in the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security in Madrid, Spain. Approximately two hundred gathered for the SSE Academy travelling from five continents, for the event which aptly fell during the centenary celebrations of the ILO. The theme for the bi-annual academy, ‘The […]

RREUSE 2018 Impact & Activity Report

RREUSE 2018 Impact & Activity Report

RREUSE Activity Report 2018 Read more about our network and the policy work, communication activities and projects we undertook in 2018. Download the report here RREUSE Network Impact 2018 RREUSE members annually divert around 1,000,000 million tonnes of materials from landfill through re-use, repair and recycling, generating a combined turnover of 1,200,000,000 EUR. These activities enable the 850 social enterprises federated by RREUSE’s wider network to fulfil their social missions, […]

Why we need to tackle food waste and what social enterprises are doing about it

With 88 million tonnes worth of food wasted annually in Europe,[1] there are strong reasons for the new Commission to keep the fight against food waste at the top of its agenda. By 31 December 2023, the EU Commission will establish food waste reduction targets for Member States, including guidelines to ensure that targets are met by 2030 in line with SDG 12.3. As part of Member States assessments, the […]

RREUSE comments on the European Semester

RREUSE comments on the European Semester

The European Semester provides a structure to coordinate the economic policies of the European Union. In this framework, EU countries discuss their economic and budgetary plans, while monitoring their progress throughout the year. The European Semester consists of an initial policy guidance phase, secondary to a country specific phase, followed by an implementation phase and finally a preparatory phase which consists of both analysis and fulfilment.RREUSE comments on the European […]

Open letter: Google threatens existence of independent repair service providers

Open letter: Google threatens existence of independent repair service providers

At the initiative of Runder Tisch Reparatur, a German organisation composed of repairers, NGOs, consumer organisation, scientists and local repair initiatives, a joint letter was sent to the European Commissioners Margrethe Vestager (Competition) and Karmenu Vella (Environment) endorsed by 17 organisations from across Europe including RREUSE. This letter was addressing the issue of Google blocking adverts from independent repairers. Thousands of independent repairers are affected and can no longer advertise […]

Social public procurement for environmental services: examples from the RREUSE network and beyond

Social public procurement for environmental services: examples from the RREUSE network and beyond

55 % of procurement procedures still use the lowest price as the only award criterion [1], without considering any potential added social or environmental value they could support through making purchase choices between competing products or services. With public authorities in the EU spending about 14 % of GDP on public purchases, they have significant potential in driving markets for ethical and sustainable purchases and supporting local job creation. Re-use, […]

Response to the Public consultation on sustainability requirements for batteries

Response to the Public consultation on sustainability requirements for batteries

The 9th of January 2019, the European Commission published a roadmap on sustainability requirements for batteries. RREUSE welcomes this commitment from the European Commission to take action towards an improvement of the sustainability requirements linked to batteries placed on the European market. This is the opportunity to make sure that: All the batteries can be readily removable non-destructively by the end-user Soldering or gluing the batteries to other parts is banned […]

RREUSE comments on EU VAT rule proposals

RREUSE comments on EU VAT rule proposals

On 18 January 2018, the European Commission published proposals to revise the current VAT directive, part of an effort to create a harmonised and simplified VAT system across the EU.  The proposals are now under the scrutiny of the European Parliament which is set to formalise its opinion during a plenary sitting in October this year. Nevertheless, at a later stage the ultimate decision on the final rules rests in […]