France to create a Solidarity Re-use Fund (and other re-use friendly measures)!

France to create a Solidarity Re-use Fund (and other re-use friendly measures)!

Member States have until the 4th of July 2020 to transpose the updated Waste Framework Directive. After a final vote in the Senate on the 30th of January, France is now the first to validate its transposition law. Among other ambitious proposals, the text will trigger the creation of a Solidarity Re-use Fund, a re-use and preparing for re-use target, a ban on the destruction of unsold goods, re-use corners […]

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

MEPs back social enterprise role in waste management

The European Parliament’s Industry committee has backed several changes to the proposed Circular Economy Package which could boost re-use and repair and enhance the role of social economy actors involved in activities covered under the EU’s Waste Framework Directive. However, the suggestions are only advisory as the Environment committee has the lead role in the Parliament’s negotiations on the new laws. According to the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee, […]

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 […]

Putting secondhand first: RREUSE opinion features in Euractiv

Putting secondhand first: RREUSE opinion features in Euractiv

Extract from Euractiv Opinion pages: Every year, we throw away millions of euros worth of goods that could be repaired or reused. Europe must seize the opportunity offered by the new Circular Economy Package to turn this situation around, argues Michal Len. Earlier this year, a mystery woman from California made headlines around the world after dropping off some junk computer equipment at a recycling centre. It turned out that […]