On 11th March, the EU Commission published its much-anticipated Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Prevention, reuse and repair will be critical for the plan’s target to halve residual waste generation by 2030, and reach future prevention targets and Green Public Procurement (GPP) sectoral targets. An improvement in the quality and reuse potential of common household goods is expected with the sustainable product policy legislative initiative which requires better design of products including new focus areas textiles and furniture. A boost for the repair sector will come with “right to repair” measures such as information on repairability, repair manuals and access to spare parts. Reuse and repair operators should also be supported by measures to back new business models and markets – including mandatory green public procurement (GPP) criteria. Finally and importantly the plan recognises and supports the role of social enterprises as pioneers in the Circular Economy.

For more information about the plan, and opportunities it presents for Ireland, watch ‘The EC’s Circular Economy Action Plan – Moving Forward’ webinar hosted by the Rediscovery Centre and the EPA here.

For the European RREUSE network’s reaction to the plan see here.

  • May 11, 2020

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Our funders

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.

For more information about the programme see here.

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.

For more information about the project see here.

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.

For more information about the project see here.