EU leap toward the Right to Repair needs an extra push

After having persistently pushed and advocated for measures facilitating repair[1], the RREUSE office optimistically welcomed the European Commission’s newly adopted EU Ecodesign regulations on 1 October 2019[2]. As of 2021 and for the very first time, the measures require manufacturers to produce longer-lasting products and provide professional repairers with spare parts up to 10 years after the purchase date. Added to that, spare parts will need to be replaceable using […]

Separate target needed to put re-use before recycling

Separate target needed to put re-use before recycling

A new report recommends setting national ‘preparing for re-use’ targets for large household appliances and IT equipment and to assess the feasibility of setting targets for other electronics categories. The study, carried out on behalf of the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, concludes that without a separate target, the existing waste management system in Ireland will continue its focus on recycling waste electricals at the lowest possible cost, without prioritising re-use. […]