Social and solidarity economy

Household WEEE

Everything about SSE in 2018.

Key figures


appliances redeployed or reused in 2018


tonnes of WEEE supplied to ESR in 2018

Social and solidarity economy with ESR, Emmaüs et Envie


Figures from 2018 of redeployment and reuse

Testimonies: re-employment within the social and solidarity economy


Completion of the pilot on the spare parts with Envie

Following works undertaken between 2013 and 2016 and in parallel to current works on standards at a European level, a pilot project on the collection and management of spare parts coming from redeployment (RSP) was implemented at 3 ENVIE ERG sites (Strasbourg, Lille and Nantes) and coordinated by the Federation. This project is managed by the ADEME and ESR as well as the GIFAM.

This pilot took place between 2015 and end 2018 enabling the feasibility of rolling out a RSP process in its own right, to be better understood in operational and prospective terms. The results of this pilot are encouraging and highlight the need to use an existing network and to federate operations at a national level. In particular, similarities with the ELV spare parts management system were observed.  The implementation of RSP for electric and electronic equipment will enable these parts to be counted in the collection activities of take-back scheme organisations but above all, to offer tested spare parts to consumers and professionals that are reliable and safe to use whilst minimising the production of waste.

A sustainable RSP sector would, in particular, enable the targets set by the Circular Economy Road Map to be met:

  • Boost the offering by players in redeployment, repair and product-service systems in order to facilitate the use of their services by individuals, rather than discarding an item and buying a new one (measure 8),
  • Strengthen manufacturer and retailer obligations in providing information on the availability of spare parts for electric and electronic equipment (measure 9),
  • Require the compulsory display of simple information on how  electric and electronic equipment (household appliances, DIY materials) can be repaired as from 1 January 2020 (measure 10),
  • Use legal warranties as a lever to foster the eco-design of products (measure 10).

Breakdown of streams returned to the officially approved take-back sector (in tonnes)


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Finalisation and vote of the European standard on reuse

Since 2014 Eco-systèmes has been working with CENELEC in establishing a European standard on the reuse of electric appliances. The objective is to define European commonalities on the challenges and problems linked to reuse, via a wide and proven consensus.
The exemplary systems in traceability, guarantees, functionalities and take-back already implemented in France by ESR and Envie have been acclaimed. The keys points in the reuse standardisation project include the traceability and weighing of streams, the unique identification of each appliance and electrical safety for all operators and users.

In 2018 this standard was finalised and voted on before being published in 2019. This standard is applied on a voluntary basis, and ESR will require all is partners in the social and solidarity economy to apply this.  This involves, above all, assisting the SSE in achieving a target quality, which will constitute an excellent vector for making reuse activities even more professional.

Breakdown of service providers by company type




Major groups


SSE operators




Major groups


SSE operators

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