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.

Annual Report

Ireland, Reuse

Progress report from Eastern Midlands Waste Region on the implementation of their Regional Plan.

Moving Towards the Circular Economy in Ireland

Ireland, Reuse

A study for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) by Dr Simon O’Rafferty

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.

GPP4Growth Policy Briefings

Procurement, Resource efficiency

The Department of Environment (DCCAE) has published as part of an Interreg Project, a series of policy papers to exchange experiences & practices and improve on resource efficiency through Green Public Procurement (GPP).

Circular Economy & Job Creation, Training and Volunteering

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.

The Impact of Volunteering on the Health and Well-Being of the Volunteer


In 2017, Volunteer Ireland conducted research into the impact volunteering has on the health and well-being of volunteers. Combining focus groups with the results of a national survey of volunteers, the report concluded that volunteering has a positive impact on volunteers in a multitude of ways. (source: Volunteer Ireland website)

Other Reports & Strategies on the Circular Economy

Municipality-led circular economy case studies

Circular Economy, Reuse, Procurement, Civic Waste

Case studies showing how municipalities around the world are transitioning to low-carbon economies and are enabling greater energy and material efficiency, lower pollution and GHG emissions and job creation. C40 & Climate-KIC. Published 2018

The Circular Economy - A Powerful Force for Climate Mitigation

Circular Economy, Reuse, Climate

This report takes a first step towards quantifying the potential for circular economy opportunities to reduce GHG emissions, examining materials flows and value chains, identifying relevant approaches and their cost-effectiveness. It also considers barriers and policies that could overcome them.

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.

Our Waste, Our Resources: Strategy for England

Circular Economy, Reuse, England

This strategy sets out how England will preserve its stock of material resources by minimising waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy. 

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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