European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

European Council’s strategic agenda 2019-2024: Looking promising for social enterprises in the circular economy

A “change towards a greener, fairer and more inclusive future” seems high on the European Council’s new strategic agenda for the next five years [1]. The agenda promotes inclusive labour markets that provide opportunities for all and help tackling inequalities and different forms of exclusion. In order to achieve this, the Council underlines the need to invest in people’s skills and education, support entrepreneurship and innovation. It also stresses the […]

Social enterprises in Austria launch project to help re-use construction materials

Social enterprises in Austria launch project to help re-use construction materials

Following the introduction of new regulations in Austria to promote re-use of construction and demolition materials, the Austrian social enterprise sector umbrella Repanet has launched project Baukarussell, a pilot initiative to help develop a market for the goods. The main challenges for Repanet, and five other national partner organisations, will be to match the available components with demand, ideally without a need for intermediate storage in a model known as […]

Irish re-use and recycling social enterprise

In mid-October the RREUSE network met in Dublin hosted by the Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI). RREUSE members from nine European countries and the USA dedicated three days to getting to know the Irish re-use scene through participating in a conference on Making Reuse and Recycling Happen, site visits and discussions with the Irish colleagues. Apart from learning about the numerous waste prevention initiatives funded by the Irish EPA, the […]

Repair truck ‘Tour de France’

Repair truck ‘Tour de France’

In October Envie France, a nation-wide federation of regional and local social enterprises active in re-use and repair of electronics, organised an awareness raising campaign on repair by sending a repair truck to eight French cities. The aim of the project was to encourage people to repair their broken devices and to explain the importance of keeping their products in working order. The repair truck visited eight major French cities […]

The Dutch re-use flagships at anchor around Amsterdam

At the end of June RREUSE held a members’ meeting in Amsterdam attended by representatives from eleven member organisations and nine European countries. The meeting, hosted by bKN, a Dutch network of re-use social enterprises, provided a forum for discussion about current issues facing the re-use sector and an opportunity to visit three re-use centres in the Netherlands. The invited keynote speakers broadened the perspective on the topics of re-use […]

The Flemish way around the circle

10-11th March, twenty four representatives of social enterprises from 10 countries across Europe met in Ghent, Belgium, to exchange best practices in the re-use sector and discuss the European Commission’s Circular Economy policy proposals. The RREUSE event, hosted by Komosie, the network of social enterprise re-use centres in Flanders, better known as “de Kringwinkel”, also included a site visit to one such enterprise, Ateljee. Ateljee performs a wide spectrum of […]

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.

Position Paper on Public Procurement

Position Paper on Public Procurement

Creating a resource efficient and socially inclusive Europe is at the heart of the EU 2020 strategy. The current proposal on public procurement provides potential to promote the role of social enterprises providing products and public services, including activities relating to waste prevention, repair and reuse and recycling. Download (pdf)