10 key steps to get the circular economy back on track

10 key steps to get the circular economy back on track

Setting binding targets for preparing for re-use at EU level amongst the 10 key steps to get the circular economy package on track. We call on the EU Parliament and Member States to put second-hand first Download the full pdf here        

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

In December 2015, the European Commission relaunched a strategy for moving Europe towards a ‘Circular Economy’ which includes a set of legislative proposals to revise key EU waste laws. It is critically important that re-use of unwanted but re-usable goods is the top priority, above recycling and that the role of social enterprises in the sector is explicitly supported within the legal text. Read our feedback and suggestions to policy […]

Re-use has higher employment potential than recycling

Re-use has higher employment potential than recycling

A new briefing from RREUSE shows that the job creation potential of the re-use sector is significantly higher than recycling, incineration and landfill. The report cites US figures showing that for 10,000 tonnes of waste products and materials, 1 job would be created if incineration were used compared to 6 jobs in landfill, 36 jobs in recycling, and up to 296 in refurbishment and re-use. Data from Komosie, a Belgian […]

Making repair cheaper and easier through EU policy

Making repair cheaper and easier through EU policy

In response to the European Commission’s recent consultation on a new Circular Economy package, RREUSE has published an analysis of how EU policy could be better implemented to ensure products entering the EU market are easily and cheaply repairable. Michal Len, Director of RREUSE said: “Jobs in repair are rapidly declining – EU citizens want their stuff repaired but it’s too expensive for them to do so and consequently they […]

Putting re-use and repair at the heart of circular economy legislation

Putting re-use and repair at the heart of circular economy legislation

We want the EU to put re-use and repair at the heart of the new circular economy legislation, to be published later this year. Putting second hand first with concrete action and targets, beyond recycling, will be a major boost for the economy, society and the environment. Read our position paper here

Making products durable and easy to repair: Joint manifesto

Making products durable and easy to repair: Joint manifesto

RREUSE has published a joint manifesto calling for legislation that ensures new products sold in Europe are made more durable and easy to repair. RREUSE will work together with the co-signatories, including IFIXIT, Repair Café International, FoEE, the EEB, ZWE and ECOS, to achieve the aims outlined in the manifesto. The groups are also keen to encourage other organisations that also share this vision to join them. Read the statement […]

10 key steps towards resource efficient Europe and how to set reuse targets

10 key steps towards resource efficient Europe and how to set reuse targets

With the European Clean-Up Day just around the corner RREUSE together with a group of environmental NGOs have issued a 10 point joint statement calling for real ambition in the current revision of EU waste policy. With enormous amounts of re-usable products and materials entering the waste stream, one key step to achieving resource efficiency is to set separate targets for preparation for reuse, and support the development of approved […]

Position Paper on the Role of Extended Producer Responsibility in Promoting Product Reuse and Preparation for Reuse Activities

Position Paper on the Role of Extended Producer Responsibility in Promoting Product Reuse and Preparation for Reuse Activities

Extended Producer Responsibility is being promoted as a key market based instrument to help implement EU waste legislation, including full application of the waste hierarchy. However, the role of EPR in promoting reuse (a form of waste prevention) and preparation for reuse has been seldom analysed and must be addressed. Reuse and preparation for reuse activities directly increase the useful lifespan of a product, saving on embodied materials, chemicals and […]

Position Paper on 3rd Working Document of End of Waste Criteria for Biowaste

Position Paper on 3rd Working Document of End of Waste Criteria for Biowaste

Local, community and neighbourhood composting activities are characterised by using source-separated domestic kitchen waste and green waste, which is both produced and spread locally resulting in benefit to agriculture or ecological improvement and also provides a variety of social and educational benefits. The inputs to these composting and AD activities can all be found on the current positive list that has been drawn up by the JRC, and are source […]

Position Paper on Integrating Resource Efficiency into Ecodesign Implementing Measures

Position Paper on Integrating Resource Efficiency into Ecodesign Implementing Measures

The members of RREUSE work in the field of reuse, repair and recycling of a number of waste streams including WEEE and are very well placed to offer insights into how product design can affect lifespans of products. Download (pdf)