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Reuse - Reuse and preparing for reuse

Reuse means recovering and reusing products or their components. It includes both preparing for reuse and reuse.

Action EWWR 2013: Swap event. Barcelona, ES. © A. Torras

Reusing items decreases the use of material and energy resources and reduces pollution and natural capital degradation. Recycling does so too, but to a lesser degree.

Reusing products is thus the second best option in waste management, after reducing!

On this page you will find a comprehensive selection of ideas for actions you can implement during the EWWR with focus on preparing for reuse and reuse. In addition, we invite you to have a look at the case studies of successful reuse actions implemented in the past editions of the EWWR.

Ideas for actions - REUSE:

Whatever kind of action you are implementing: Remember to take pictures and videos and to use them to develop exhibitions to show the results and to publish via all channels available (media, print, information booth, social media etc.).

Why is reuse important?

Reuse confronts the same problems than reduce: There is too much waste being produced in the European Union! By extending the lifespan of products, preparing for reuse and reuse are influential measures to reduce the amount of waste produced. Reuse has a strong value for sustainable development because it not only promotes environmental protection through waste prevention but also contributes to social aims and has economic benefits. Environmental benefits of reuse:

Social benefits of reuse:

Economic benefits of reuse

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