RREUSEc (Re-Use and Recycling European Union Social Enterprises, non-profit association) is a European umbrella for social enterprises with activities in reuse, repair and recycling. RREUSE’s members are national and regional social economy networks that combine both social and environmental objectives and give them equal emphasis. Approximately 42,000 Full Time Equivalent employees and over 200,000 volunteers and trainees work within our 22 member networks across 12 Member States. Although legal structures and national contexts may differ, RREUSE’s members share common values such as environmental protection, service to the community, the fight against poverty and the social inclusion of disadvantaged people back into the labour market and society as a whole. In addition to the social and environmental objectives, these initiatives bring back products at affordable prices to the market, providing essential household items for low income groups.
Objectives and beneficiaries
RREUSE promotes a sustainable development model which takes into consideration the following three pillars:
- environmental protection: waste prevention and sustainable management
- social equity: social inclusion activities and affordable goods
- economic viability: job creation and training opportunities
The main activities of our members include:
- collection, sorting and redistribution of textiles and clothing
- collection, repair and reuse of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE), furniture and bulky waste
- home and community composting projects
- charity and second hand shops
- collection and recycling of paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, paints, metals, books and toys
- awareness raising campaigns, international projects, exchange of best practice and business support
Strong points of the practice
Re-use targets can create 300,000 new jobs in Europe.
Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation
Environmental protection, service to the community, the fight against poverty and the social inclusion of disadvantaged people back into the labour market and society as a whole.
Replicability potential of the practice