In December 2015, the European Commission relaunched a strategy for moving Europe towards a ‘Circular Economy’ which includes a set of legislative proposals to revise key EU waste laws. It is critically important that re-use of unwanted but re-usable goods is the top priority, above recycling and that the role of social enterprises in the sector is explicitly supported within the legal text. Read our feedback and suggestions to policy […]
Reacting to today’s vote in the European Parliament on a report on Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy, Michal Len, Director of RREUSE, a network of re-use organisations in Europe said: “Setting separate targets for re-use of goods in addition to those for recycling is crucial to cutting resource use, creating green jobs and giving access to basic material needs especially for low income groups. The report approved today […]
20 April 2015 – European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels EESC Trèves Building, 7th floor, room TRE 7701, 74 rue de Trèves, 1040 Brussels (map) Current EU waste policy fails to adequately promote waste prevention and preparation for re-use activities. Consequently the vast majority of reusable electrical appliances, furniture and textiles discarded by EU citizens are prematurely recycled, landfilled or incinerated. The result is a huge waste of energy […]
We want the EU to put re-use and repair at the heart of the new circular economy legislation, to be published later this year. Putting second hand first with concrete action and targets, beyond recycling, will be a major boost for the economy, society and the environment. Read our position paper here
Spain is the first European country to require a proportion of some types of waste electrical and electronic products (WEEE) to be prepared for re-use rather than recycled or burned. The move last month to introduce a separate national quantitative target for re-use, comes in addition to Spain’s implementation of new EU-mandated waste targets introduced as part of the 2012 EU WEEE Directive. Traditionally EU and national targets have not […]
During European Week for Waste Reduction (24-28 November), 79 re-use centres in 5 EU countries collected 709 tonnes of goods and re-used 79 tonnes. These are goods that would otherwise have been wasted. The campaign forms part of RREUSE’s call for the EU to include re-use targets in its revised package of waste legislation.
300,000 new jobs could be created in Europe if separate re-use targets are included in the Circular Economy Package according to a new report published today. The research for the European Environmental Bureau by Dr. Jane Beasley and Ray Georgeson sets out a number of different scenarios for setting ambitious recycling targets and separate re-use targets, especially for furniture and textiles. Download the report
As an organisation representing European social enterprises and networks, whose main activities are primarily re-use and recycling, we very much welcome the result of the ENVI Committee vote today on the WEEE Recast. In order to increase the amount of re-use opportunities in Europe, firmly contributing to resource efficiency, adhering to the Waste Hierarchy and increasing local employment opportunities, RREUSE is delighted to see that the amendments adopted by the […]