RezeroLab Data

Reuse and preparation for reuse

Data from Catalunya

In the European hierarchy of waste management, reuse and preparation for reuse occupy one of the main rungs, being the most important actions after waste prevention. Even so, it is observed how, in practice, they do not have a significant representation within the current management system.

To guarantee the reintroduction to the market of materials with the potential to be reused and to boost second-hand markets, measures must be adopted to increase the quality and quantity of their selective collection. It is necessary to highlight the high potential for job creation which involves the recovery and repair of materials.

Evolution of the quantity of materials reused and prepared for reuse out of the total separely collected in Catalonia

Note: Data could only be obtained from associations and recovery companies in the network AERESS (Spanish association of recoveries of social and solidarity economy). The materials with the highest reuse rate are represented: textiles, bulky waste and WEEE.

The material most reused and/or prepared for reuse is, both in quantity and percentage, textiles, with recycling percentages 10 times higher than those of bulky waste and WEEE.