Opinion: Making products repairable and reusable | Next step for an inclusive circular economy

Opinion: Making products repairable and reusable | Next step for an inclusive circular economy

Even though 77 % of EU citizens would rather have their products fixed than replaced by new [1], too many electronics, textiles and furniture items still get dumped. This is a missed opportunity for the environment and the creation of local meaningful jobs in the EU. We all have a 30-year-old washing machine in mind that our grand-parents still use because, “well, it still works”, while ours is already falling […]

RREUSE 2017 Activity Report

RREUSE 2017 Activity Report

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Households in Graz offered 100 EUR per year to have their things repaired

Households in Graz offered 100 EUR per year to have their things repaired

The Austrian city of Graz has become a non-proclaimed European capital of repair following the introduction of a new funding programme encouraging households to repair rather than replace their electronic devices. Launched in 2017, the scheme gives citizens the opportunity to be reimbursed for up to 50 % of repair costs amounting to a maximum of 100 EUR per year. In its first year of operation over 160 households benefitted […]

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 […]

European re-use sector gathers to promote the human dimension of a circular economy

At the end of November over one hundred participants from thirteen European countries met in Charleroi, Belgium, to discuss the role of social enterprise in a circular economy. The conference organised by RREUSE demonstrated the key social and environmental impact of re-use and explored different forms of collaboration between social enterprise, public authorities and the private sector. The event coincided with the ongoing implementation of the European Commission’s circular economy […]

170 re-use centres across Europe show what impact can be made by re-use in one week

170 re-use centres across Europe show what impact can be made by re-use in one week

RREUSE’s annual campaign Reuse More Throw Less was carried out by re-use centres from its network during the European Week for Waste Reduction that took place between 18 and 26 November 2017. Over six days, 170 participating re-use centres in five European countries weighed all donated goods collected and sold in their shops. At the end, RREUSE added these numbers together to show the impact they had on waste reduction. […]

Position paper on Reduced taxation to support re-use and repair

Position paper on Reduced taxation to support re-use and repair

In Europe 77% of citizens would be willing to have their goods repaired but hardly ever do because it is too expensive for them to do so [1]. Re-use and repair activities need to be made cheaper in order for Europe to keep the value of products and prevent wasting resources. The Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan encourages the use of economic instruments to help ensure the extension of a […]

European re-use actors from the social economy meet in Brussels

Mid-March the first RREUSE network meeting of this year was held in Brussels attended by 16 members from 10 countries. Discussions about the current policy work were encouraged by the European Parliament vote in the plenary that strengthened the role of re-use and social economy in the European waste legislation. Another positive of the meeting was an admission of Emmaüs Europe as a new member of RREUSE. RREUSE is happy […]

Discussion and book signing with Sepp Eisenriegler: How consumerism fools us and how to fight back

Librebook│Chaussée de Wavre 128│Brussels On 18 January RREUSE organised a discussion with Sepp Eisenriegler, a passionate fighter against the throwaway culture and the founder of the Repair and Service Centre Vienna (R.U.S.Z), a social enterprise. RREUSE was delighted to welcome him in Brussels where he presented his book “Konsumtrottel” published in Austria last year*. In “Konsumtrottel” he describes the strategies behind the manufacturing of short-lived products and making repair and […]

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, […]