RREUSE meeting in Bologna: Four days on bio waste, textiles and social inclusion

In late May, the RREUSE network gathered in Bologna to attend conferences, network meetings and visit local social enterprise initiatives. The programme started off with a workshop on bio waste and more specifically, focused on the transformation of used cooking oils into new products such as biofuels, candles or detergents. The following two days were dedicated to sessions on the various work areas of the RREUSE network which included detailed […]

More jobs, less waste: RREUSE reaction to Juncker’s  State of the Union 2018

More jobs, less waste: RREUSE reaction to Juncker’s State of the Union 2018

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 […]

Spain first country to set target to stop reusable goods ending up in landfill

Spain first country to set target to stop reusable goods ending up in landfill

Thousands of tonnes of textiles, furniture and electrical goods will be redirected from recycling and landfill to be repaired and resold under the terms of a new national Spanish waste management plan. The Spanish waste plan covering the period 2016-22, launched at the end of last year and presented at a workshop in Brussels earlier this month, sets a 50% target for waste to be recycled or prepared for re-use. Within […]

Circular Economy Package: stronger measures needed to boost re-use

Circular Economy Package: stronger measures needed to boost re-use

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 […]

Corporate retailers support re-use with impressive impacts

Corporate retailers support re-use with impressive impacts

Based on a press release by the FRN The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN), a member of RREUSE, has issued a new report revealing the significant social, economic and environmental impact of its take back scheme in partnership with corporate retailers including IKEA, John Lewis, DHLE and Dixons. 78,000 quality, reusable items supplied through its take-back scheme with corporate retailers went to people living in poverty. Figures about individual achievements from […]

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 […]

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

Reacting to today’s vote in the European Parliament on a report on Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy, Michal Len, Director of RREUSE, a network of re-use organisations in Europe said: “Setting separate targets for re-use of goods in addition to those for recycling is crucial to cutting resource use, creating green jobs and giving access to basic material needs especially for low income groups. The report approved today […]

Social clauses: Why so important and how to implement them

Social clauses: Why so important and how to implement them

Thousands of social enterprises across Europe have been active in the sector for many years, providing job and training opportunities for disadvantaged workers and giving them a fresh start on the labour market. RREUSE believes that the role of social enterprises in the re-use sector should be safeguarded and developed through the use of social clauses in tendering procedures. See here.

Re-use targets can create 300,000 new jobs in Europe

Re-use targets can create 300,000 new jobs in Europe

300,000 new jobs could be created in Europe if separate re-use targets are included in the Circular Economy Package according to a new report published today. The research for the European Environmental Bureau by Dr. Jane Beasley and Ray Georgeson sets out a number of different scenarios for setting ambitious recycling targets and separate re-use targets, especially for furniture and textiles. Download the report