Useful publications

Please see below some useful reference documents on reuse, recycling and the social economy.

European Circular Economy Package

Revised EU Waste Framework Directive 2018/851

Legislation, Europe, Reuse

The overarching piece of legislation covering all waste management in the EU with new measures including obligations to measure and eventually set targets for all types of reuse. Published 2018.

Closing the Loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy

Circular Economy, European Commission

The European Commission’s Communication document outlining its action plan to support the transition towards a circular economy. Published 2015.

Circular economy in Europe developing the knowledge base

Circular, Reuse, EEA

The first EEA report in a series on the Circular Economy, describing the overall concept. It draws attention to the benefits and challenges in transitioning to a circular economy and highlights ways to measure progress.

Circular by Design_Products in the Circular Economy

Circular, Reuse, EEA

This second EEA report in the series highlights mechanisms for circularity, production ‑ consumption trends, systemic drivers of product design and use, and their implications for the governance of the transition to a circular economy

Irish Legislation & Policy

A Resource Opportunity: Waste management Policy in Ireland

Policy, Ireland, Reuse

Ireland’s roadmap on moving away from an over dependence on landfill, by reducing waste and maximising the resources that we can recover from waste. Published 2012.

Ireland's Regional Plans

Circular Economy, Job Creation

Ireland’s three regional plans are statutory documents required under the Waste Framework Directive, that set out the strategy, policies and actions for the prevention and management of wastes in a safe and sustainable manner. Published 2015.

Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland: A National Strategy to 2020

EPA, Reuse, National

Ireland’s National Strategy for Resource Efficiency, incorporating the National Waste Prevention Programme. Published 2014.

Towards a Resource Efficient Ireland (Annual Report 2017)

EPA, Reuse, National

This report provides an overview of progress made on waste prevention projects during 2017. Published 2018.

Green Procurement

EU Green Public Procurement criteria for Furniture

Procurement, Furniture, European Commission

These voluntary EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria aim to facilitate public authorities in the purchase of products, services and works relating to furniture including refurbishment, new furniture and the end-of-life services.

Public Procurement for a Circular Economy: Good practice and guidance

Procurement, Circular Economy, European Commission

This brochure provides guidance on circular procurement, where public authorities purchase works, goods or services that contribute to closed energy and material loops within supply chains.

Green Procurement: Guide for the Public Sector

Procurement, Resource efficiency

The EPA’s guidance document to assist the public sector to implement and maintain procedures for green public procurement, including consideration of reuse elements. Published 2014.

Circular Economy & Job Creation

Job Creation in the Circular Economy - Increasing Resource Efficiency in Northern Ireland

Circular Economy, Job Creation

Prepared by WRAP and the Green Alliance, this shows the potential of the circular economy to deliver employment opportunities across a range of skills to the Northern Ireland economy. Published 2015.

Other Strategies for a Circular Economy

Making things Last: A Circular Economy Strategy for Scotland

Circular Economy, Reuse, Scotland

Scotland’s first Circular Economy strategy demonstrating ambition and leadership in the area of reuse. Published 2016.

A New Textiles Economy: Redressing Fashion's Future

Textiles, Reuse, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Circular Economy

This report outlines a vision for a new textiles economy where clothes, textiles, and fibres are kept at their highest value during use and re-enter the economy afterwards, never ending up as waste.

Preparation for re-use: a roadmap for a paradigm shift in Wales

Preparation for reuse, targets

This report shows potential impacts of the ambitious Welsh plan to drive preparation for reuse through setting targets, supporting third sector and promoting a reuse standard.

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