In December 2021, the European Council came to an Agreement on updated rules for VAT rates.

According to the Agreement, if social enterprises active in reuse, repair and recycling can identify themselves as ‘organisations engaged in welfare or social security work as defined by Member States and recognised as being devoted to social well-being by Member States’ the goods that they sell (being new or second-hand) or the services they provide can be subject to reduced VAT (no less than 5%).

CRNI believes it is also essential that preparation for reuse is considered, and that all purchases made by social enterprises in preparation for reuse are subject to reduced VAT.


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  • October 4, 2022

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Our funders

EPA Circular Economy Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the Circular Economy Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

ReMark Quality Mark

CRNI received funding from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications through the Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme to carry our the next phase of the ReMark project. 

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.