WEEE preparation for re-use: Position on CENELEC standards for the sector

A professional approach to the preparation for reuse[1] of WEEE[2] is essential both in terms of consumer safety and confidence when purchasing second-hand goods. It is also important because of health, safety and environmental issues, particularly considering the potential presence of substances of concern). Hundreds of social economy enterprises across Europe are active in this sector, giving a new lease of life to products and providing local job and training […]

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 May 2019 Warsaw, Poland   Aby przeczytać program po Polsku kliknij tutaj Download the agenda in English here  Register here   We are an official EU Green Week Partner Event!   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 […]

Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use

ReWEEE Workshop: Developing partnerships for WEEE prevention and preparing for re-use 24 & 25 September 2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia   Download the agenda here   RREUSE is delighted to invite you to a workshop organised in the framework of the ReWEEE project, financed through the European Life + fund, to talk about the opportunities offered by the re-use of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Europe. The ReWeee Project aims […]

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

Belgian region sets re-use target for electricals

The southern Belgian province of Wallonia is the latest region to introduce a separate target for re-use of waste electrical items following a pioneering move by Spain in 2015. The Walloon Government Decree requires 2% of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE) to be ‘prepared for re-use’ from January 2020. The target covers six categories of waste appliances, making it wider in scope than the Spanish measures. This Belgian initiative came […]

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 […]

Poor handling of WEEE must be tackled

It is frustrating to see our old electronics being trashed, including at local recycling centres, especially when we know they could have been used by someone else. Waste policies favouring recycling over re-use, including the lack of separate EU targets for preparing for re-use, have led to a situation where waste collection and logistics systems tend to be unsuitable for supporting re-use activities. A European standard for the collection and […]

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 […]

Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

Longer-lasting white goods cut environmental impacts by 30% – study

The benefits of making large household electrical goods last longer have been underlined by a new report carried out for the European Commission. The research carried out in preparation for an update to the European Commission’s Ecodesign rules looks at the resource savings and reduction in harmful environmental impacts that can be made by extending the life of dishwashers, and making them easier to repair and eventually recycle. The report […]