Recycling and recovery

SUEZ webinar series: Re-use and repair

Embracing re-use and repair practices not only aligns with waste prevention efforts but also contributes to the transition towards a more circular economy. When implemented effectively, re-use and repair can generate skilled jobs, foster business growth, and deliver meaningful social value to communities. In fact, studies have shown that these two stages in the waste hierarchy have the potential to create and support over eight times the number of jobs compared to recycling alone. This webinar series is a comprehensive resource of information, inspiration, and practical advice on all aspects of re-use and repair.

Part one - Re-use and repair - foundations of the sustainable future

In the first session of the three-part series, we discuss the crucial role that local authorities and household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) could play in the waste management process. Many local authorities are now exploring the possibility of implementing or expanding re-use initiatives across their service portfolios. This presents an ideal opportunity to examine the potential for progress and identify the challenges in this critical area.

Watch the recording to understand the pivotal role government policies and local strategies play, and how the private sector and society in general can support re-use and repair initiatives to build a more sustainable future.

Part two - Why waste and resources managers should be thinking about repair

Repair is an essential component of the waste hierarchy as it prevents a significant amount of materials from entering the disposal system. The second part of our discussion highlights the crucial role of repair and emphasises the need to revitalise it as we strive to achieve a circular economy.

We discuss the pivotal role that household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) could play in promoting repair activities, adapting to meet the changing sector needs and customer demands. As we embrace the growing repair agenda, HWRCs have the potential to become hubs for reusing and repairing items, rather than simply a place for disposal. This presents a significant opportunity to transform HWRCs into centres of sustainability, where repair and re-use are commonplace. Explore how we can maximise the potential of HWRCs to support a circular economy and build a more sustainable future.

Part three - Re-use: a missed opportunity

As we conclude our series of webinars on re-use and repair, we focus on the future potential for collaboration and expansion amongst local authorities, businesses, individuals, and the environment in upscaling our current system. This session will explore the next steps in the evolution of local authority supported re-use and repair services, including the development of networks that operate beyond local boundaries, strategies to support and empower local businesses to establish and grow, and ways to increase engagement with re-use and repair, yielding significant environmental, social, and economic benefits across the value chain.