Circular economy

Spain, the first country in Europe to adopt a reusing target

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Madrid decided that 2% of all textile, electrical and furnishing waste has to be repaired and resold.

It is common to hear about targets for waste reduction, waste sorting or recycling. It is not as common, however, to hear about targets for reusing. But something is changing. Spain has become the first European country to establish a national binding target for waste reusing. This decision could soon find a broader application field, as Rreuse, the organization representing companies in this sector, has filed a request for these targets to be included in the European Package on Circular Economy.

The new Spanish plan for waste management applies to the timespan 2016-2022 and sets a target of 50% for recycling and preparation for reusing. In this percentage, at least 2% of all textile, electrical and furnishing items will have to be repaired and resold, instead of being sent to landfills or recycling facilities.

The plan was introduced after a 2015 law established that 2% of electric devices and 3% of computer equipment must be reused starting from 2017. The recent waste management plan aims at extending this norm to even more categories of goods. Rreuse, basing on Eurostat data, estimated that the implementation of the plan will prevent the recycling or dumping of over 200 thousand tons of products, which will become a part of the second hand market. Moreover, social enterprises involved in the reparation and sale of second hand goods will be granted a preferential access to the collection points of products to be resold.

Although the Belgian region of Flanders already adopted a similar target and France introduced specific reusing targets for waste categories such as furniture, Spain is in effect the first European country to adopt an obligatory national target.

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