2nd international social enterprise workshop on management of used textiles 10-11 December, Soissons, France

2nd international social enterprise workshop on management of used textiles 10-11 December, Soissons, France

Following the success of RREUSE’s 1st international workshop for social enterprises working in the field of used textile management, which saw 60 participants from 10 different countries, the next edition will take place on 10-11 December in Soissons France in close cooperation with Emmaus France and Le Relais. The aim of the workshop is to: – facilitate dialogue amongst social enterprises about the current state of the used-textile market – […]

Online retailers failing on take back scheme

Online retailers failing on take back scheme

The French consumer body CLCV says half of major online electrical retailers are failing to take back used goods for free when customers buy a similar product, as required under French law. The survey of 22 major suppliers found that almost a third don’t offer free take-back, while others charge additional fees for delivery when take-back is required. Almost a fifth of sites are also failing to display recycling fees, […]

New French legislation pushes for longer-lasting products

New French legislation pushes for longer-lasting products

A new law in France has been passed that will oblige product retailers to inform the customer about how long spare parts will be available for the products they buy. Published in December 2014, the new law, could help to improve the chances that goods will be repaired rather than thrown out when they go wrong. The rules follow conditions set out in Article 6 of the French Consumers’ Law, published in […]

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 […]

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of reuse activities

Extended Producer Responsibility and the role of reuse activities

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is being promoted as a key market based instrument to help Member States implement EU waste legislation, including application of the waste hierarchy. However, little attention has been paid to how EPR can support initiatives at the top of the hierarchy including reuse, a waste prevention activity, and preparation for reuse. Using case studies from EPR schemes active in the management of electronic, textile and furniture […]

The Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment – A Guide for Local Authorities

The Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment – A Guide for Local Authorities

Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) has infiltrated every aspect of our daily lives, providing our society with more comfort, health and security, with easy information acquisition and exchange. But the constant technological innovations, coupled with a growing consumerism, accelerate the replacement frequency of these products. Consequently the production of waste EEE (WEEE) should double in the near future to reach 12 million tonnes p.a. in 2010. This confronts us directly […]