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 […]
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 […]
Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, will deliver his State of the Union speech on 12 September 2018. RREUSE believes that this year, in line with the Commission’s priorities of jobs and growth, more attention should be given to the circular economy and its potential to foster social inclusion. Overconsumption, our throwaway culture and the lack of incentives to support re-use and repair activities are straining our natural resources. As a […]
RREUSE welcomes the European Commission’s interest in following up on the evolution of long-term unemployment in the EU through a public consultation. RREUSE is a network representing social enterprises in the field of re-use, repair and recycling and our members are key actors when it comes to employing disadvantaged people distanced from the labour market, which includes long-term unemployed persons. RREUSE took the consultation as an opportunity to present two […]
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 […]
The Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a draft report highlighting policy recommendations for improving the durability, reusability and reparability of washing machines and dishwashers. Once finalised, the findings will be used to inform future proposals from the European Commission to revise existing ‘eco-design’ rules for these types of appliances. The new rules could be submitted for discussion with stakeholders in the Spring of next year. The lifespan of […]
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 […]
RREUSE has published a joint briefing highlighting the key policy areas that must be addressed by the EU institutions to ensure a fully functioning circular economy, and some of the often overlooked benefits that can result. Read the briefing here.