RREUSE is enthusiastic to be among the cosignatories of the Pact for Skills Partnership and believes it can be a useful instrument to support the decades-long work of social enterprises active in the circular economy for the promotion of green and transferable skills and lifelong learning opportunities.
RREUSE and EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius had a conversation on the social value in the circular transition, as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of RREUSE. This discussion was the third part of a conversation series, the first two parts of which included meetings with Lakshmi Narayan, Co-founder of the trade union Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), and Adam Minter, Columnist with Bloomberg Opinion and author of Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale and Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade.
Let’s refurbish consumers’ rights: For an extension of legal warranties that benefit both consumers and independent repairers
To complement the extension of the scope of the Ecodesign Directive, which should in the future apply to other types of products than electronics and pay particular attention to making products more durable and repairable, the Commission has recently launched a public consultation on the “Sustainable consumption of goods – promoting the right to repair and reuse”.
The “New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe’s resource independence”, stemming from the European Green Deal and presented by the European Commission today, contain a set of promising initiatives to save resources, advance the implementation of the waste hierarchy whilst taking into account social impacts.
Re-use and preparation for re-use targets are essential to implement the principles of the waste hierarchy and promote job creation. The current practice of combining preparing for re-use and recycling targets undermines the waste hierarchy, as countries without separate re-use or preparing for re-use objectives usually favour recycling.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, most social enterprises active in the circular economy faced significant challenges. However, RREUSE members stayed proactive in contributing to a fair and green recovery where possible, and offered all kinds of social and environmental services to help those most in need, with a strong focus on re-use, repair and recycling.
4 NGOs and representatives of waste treatment operators call on the European Commission for a fast and fundamental revision of rules on electronic waste (WEEE Directive).
Ensuring a green transition towards a sustainable industrial ecosystem doesn’t come without challenges. Social enterprises that are active in the circular economy are directly contributing to this purpose and are attempting to overcome barriers that are still in place.
Levelling up on waste prevention and social impact: RREUSE reacts on planned revision of Waste Framework Directive
Even though updated not so long ago, the revision of the Waste Framework Directive is highly welcome as the strategy devised in the new Circular Economy Action Plan requires a shift to a better implementation of the waste hierarchy.
This letter, co-signed by 12 environmental NGOs and representatives of waste treatment operators requests that the European Commission takes action to apply changes in the textile industry and prevent the harmful consequences of the processes currently in place.
RREUSE and ENSIE welcome the Commission’s proposal to revise EU rules on waste shipments. For this policy to succeed, RREUSE and ENSIE suggest that EU institutions focus on the implementation of the waste hierarchy.
Social enterprises federated by the RREUSE network are active in the circular economy, providing valuable social and environmental contributions to the digital transition. Due to the unprecedented shift to digital technologies in daily life, COVID-19 has exacerbated...