As part of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, a number of EU waste laws have recently been updated with Member States having until 4th July 2020 to transpose the new provisions into their national legal frameworks. These include EU Directives on Waste, Packaging and Packaging Waste, Landfill, Batteries, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and End of Life Vehicles (EoLV).
RREUSE, the European network of social enterprises active in re-use, repair and recycling, welcomes the final negotiated outcomes which can help inspire Member States to move towards a more socially inclusive circular economy. Whilst more ambition should have been shown, RREUSE calls upon Member States to take a progressive stance when transposing and implementing the new provisions.
This analysis presents key new elements of the Waste Framework Directive that can foster the development of re-use and preparing for re-use centres and networks  operated as social enterprises leading to the creation of local green jobs.