RREUSE is calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan which intrinsically links the social and circular economies. Social enterprises — operators in the social economy whose primary objective is to have a social, societal or environmental impact over profit — should be at the Action Plan’s epicentre. Their transversal nature ideally posits them to deliver crosscutting social, circular and digital objectives, paving the way for a future economy that works for both people and environment. To establish a sustainable EU socio-economic environment for social enterprises through a future Social Economy Action Plan, RREUSE recommends four main actions:

  1. Mainstream the social economy within circular policies and beyond
  2. Recognise the real value of social enterprises active in the circular economy
  3. Improve access to funding for social enterprises
  4. Acknowledge social enterprises’ role in skilling and upskilling to meet changing market needs

Read the full position paper here

  • March 22, 2021

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EPA National Waste Prevention Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the National Waste Prevention Programme.

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Project Funding

Pilot Northern Ireland Reuse and Repair Network

CRNI received funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and rural Affairs in 2020 to carry out a pilot establishing a reuse and repair network in Northern Ireland.

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Circular Textiles

CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.

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