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Re-use targets: why they matter and how to make them work
20/04/2015 @ 14:00 - 17:30
Current EU waste policy fails to adequately promote waste prevention and preparation for re-use activities. Consequently the vast majority of reusable electrical appliances, furniture and textiles discarded by EU citizens are prematurely recycled, landfilled or incinerated. The result is a huge waste of energy and resources and a missed opportunity for boosting employment in the re-use sector.
The European Commission is currently investigating the feasibility of introducing separate EU targets for the re-use of electrical goods, as well as policies that could better support a circular economy.
This seminar will demonstrate how some EU member states are showing that re-use can be promoted through target setting, with some impressive results. It will also look at the role of how economic instruments, such as Extended Producer Responsibility, can better support re-use.Speakers will include representatives of EU institutions, national authorities, social enterprises and producer responsibility organisations.