The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has published today a report describing how reuse is addressed in the waste prevention program as stipulated in the EU Waste Framework Directive. The report provides data on the status and trends in reuse systems in Europe. In particular,
- It introduces the concepts of waste prevention in a circular economy and describes the policy background
- It investigates the existing waste prevention programs
- It examines the status and potential for reuse for key product groups (i.e. textiles & clothing, electrical & electronics etc.).
Reusing products means using them again for their original purpose. Promoting reuse often requires detailed technical insight in production processes and consumption patterns. Measures include setting standards for eco-design (*) aimed at easy disassembly and reuse of components, eco-labelling and public procurement to influence consumption patterns, etc.
(*) To know more on Ecodesign, please use the online course developed by Ecosign Project, soon available in the E-learning section.