Spain first country to set target to stop reusable goods ending up in landfill

Spain first country to set target to stop reusable goods ending up in landfill

Thousands of tonnes of textiles, furniture and electrical goods will be redirected from recycling and landfill to be repaired and resold under the terms of a new national Spanish waste management plan. The Spanish waste plan covering the period 2016-22, launched at the end of last year and presented at a workshop in Brussels earlier this month, sets a 50% target for waste to be recycled or prepared for re-use. Within […]

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

RREUSE position on Commission’s circular economy proposals

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 […]

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

EU Parliament vote on circular economy missed opportunity to support re-use and to create jobs

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 […]

Event: Re-use targets – why they matter and how to make them work

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 […]

Putting re-use and repair at the heart of circular economy legislation

Putting re-use and repair at the heart of circular economy legislation

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 first EU country to mandate re-use of electrical goods

Spain first EU country to mandate re-use of electrical goods

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 […]

Re-use more, throw less campaign saves 700 tonnes from the trash

Re-use more, throw less campaign saves 700 tonnes from the trash

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.

Re-use targets can create 300,000 new jobs in Europe

Re-use targets can create 300,000 new jobs in Europe

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

RREUSE statement on the ENVI Committee vote on the WEEE Recast

RREUSE statement on the ENVI Committee vote on the WEEE Recast

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 […]