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 […]

EU Officials Firsthand Visit to a Re-use Centre Before Next Commission Mandate

On June 27, RREUSE organised a site visit to a major Belgian textiles sorting facility owned by the social enterprise “Les Petits Riens”. The site visit attracted about 20 representatives from the European Commission, including from the Department for Employment (DG EMPL), Environment (DG ENV), Market, Industry & SMEs (DG GROW) and the European Economic and Social Committee. While EU officials approached the end of their mandate, they nonetheless left […]

3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy | 6 – 8 November 2019

3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy | 6 – 8 November 2019

• Para la versión en Castellano hacer clic aquí • • Euskarazko bertsioa lortzeko sakatu honako botoia • • Pour la version française, cliquez ici •   3rd International Conference on the Role of Social & Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy • 6 – 8 November 2019 Berriozar (Pamplona) | Spain       RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling, is delighted to […]

European Elections 2019: Three priorities MEPs should take on board

European Elections 2019: Three priorities MEPs should take on board

Ahead of the European elections on 23 – 26 May 2019, we would like to urge prospective Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to include the following points into their work programme for an inclusive society and circular economy: Support the role and development of social enterprise in a circular economy Social enterprises are key actors when it comes to the insertion of people at risk of socio-economic exclusion, such as long-term […]

RREUSE 2017 Impact & Activity Report

  RREUSE Activity Report 2017 Learn more about our policy work, communications and projects: Download the report here RREUSE Network Impact 2017 The 1,000 social enterprises making up RREUSE’s wider network diverted 1,000,000 tonnes of material from landfill through re-use, repair & recycling and engaged around 160,000 employees, trainees and volunteers. For more details download the infographic here * The RREUSE Network Impact contains official updated 2017 figures. This data […]

Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use 24 & 25 September 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia   Download the agenda here   RREUSE is delighted to invite you to a workshop organised in the framework of the ReWEEE project, financed through the European Life + fund, to talk about the opportunities offered by the re-use of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Europe. The ReWeee Project aims […]

New EU waste laws approved with strengthened role for re-use

New EU waste laws approved with strengthened role for re-use

On 22nd May EU Member States rubber stamped final revisions to key EU waste laws, including the Waste Framework Directive. The decision marks the end of lengthy negotiations between the EU Council and Parliament on legislative proposals published within the Commission’s Circular Economy Package in December 2015. The legislation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal and will be followed by a two-year period […]

Pre-owned medical equipment can halve the cost for individuals and social security

Pre-owned medical equipment can halve the cost for individuals and social security

A new scheme in France focused on the re-use and repair of medical equipment aims to help bring immense change for those struggling with permanent or physical disabilities, greatly reducing expenses for medical equipment which can climb to thousands of euros. The initiative, known as ‘Envie Autonomie’, offers quality second-hand medical beds, wheelchairs, walkers and other items including professional equipment which are 50 – 70 % cheaper than new. The […]

EU Parliament vote brings national re-use discussions a step closer

EU Parliament vote brings national re-use discussions a step closer

Following today’s vote by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Europe took another step forward to officially adopting changes to key EU waste laws, initially proposed as part of the Commission’s Circular Economy Package in December 2015. Despite a lack of any immediate binding targets for “preparing for re-use” activities, RREUSE remains optimistic about the agreed updates to the EU waste framework directive following final negotiations held in December 2017. Michal […]

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

Final deal on Waste Framework Directive includes several support measures for re-use

The European Parliament and EU Member States have agreed on clearer measures to support waste prevention and made notable steps to clarify the role of ‘preparing for re-use’ in the European waste hierarchy as part of a revised European Waste Framework Directive.  Whilst regrettably lower in ambition compared to the European Parliament’s original negotiating position, RREUSE welcomed the revised legislation but says member states will now need to take further […]