Developing partnerships for e-waste prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling

Developing partnerships for e-waste prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling

ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for e-waste prevention, preparing for re-use and recycling 15 & 16 May 2019 Warsaw, Poland   Aby przeczytać program po Polsku kliknij tutaj   Register here Download the agenda in English here    RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises involved in repair, re-use and recycling activities invites you to a workshop on developing partnerships to improve the management of e-waste (WEEE) in Poland, with a special […]

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 […]

Opinion: Repairing electronics shouldn’t be rocket science

Opinion: Repairing electronics shouldn’t be rocket science

Last year Elon Musk made re-useable rockets a reality [1]. The dream of human activity on Mars inches ever closer. Meanwhile we’re cursing at the repair costs of a washing machine – it’s cheaper to replace. Why can’t Elon’s vision of re-use and repair work for our home appliances? It’s Circular Electronics Day – We’d like to highlight some good news about what the EU is doing to help…and it’s […]

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 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 […]

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 […]