Year 2016

Increasing waste separation in the municipal organisation – Closed

In its sustainability agenda, the municipality has set the goal of reaching a 65% waste separation rate in Amsterdam by 2020. This rate applies to the entire City and includes residents as well as businesses. The sustainability agenda stipulates that the municipality will lead by example in its internal operational management, aiming to achieve a waste separation rate of 75% by 2020.

In internal operational management, sustainability-related initiatives are generally fragmented and isolated, with too little coordination between them. After launching such an initiative, it has proved difficult to implement and embed within the operational chain. A pilot study was conducted regarding separated waste collection in two municipal locations. Following the pilot study, a well-developed proposal was submitted to obtain the financial means to implement separated waste collection across the organisation. Making municipal buildings sustainable or restructuring internal projects are currently not tackled based on a circular approach. All the waste created in these projects ends up in a regular waste container or is discarded as construction waste by a contractor.

The issue:
Increase the waste separation rate and create a sustainable solution so that by 2020, the municipality will achieve a separation rate of at least 75% of the total internal waste streams of the municipality of Amsterdam. Indicate any extra costs or additional investments required to achieve percentages higher than 75%, if possible.

Specific criteria that the startup should take into account in devising its bid:

  • Monitor or provide insight into the roles of the various partners in the waste management chain;
  • Ensure that innovative development speeds up separated waste collection/circular approaches to waste streams. Preventing waste and encouraging reuse are preferred and count towards the 75% target;
  • Ensure that waste separation is embedded and continuously improved (PDCA cycle);
  • Every type of waste processing can be included in the percentage: daily waste produced by municipal staff, facility waste from goods (supply chain), furniture, construction waste, etc;
  • To achieve the goal, the entire supply chain, usage and disposal of goods and waste can be examined;
  • The percentage is established based on the number of kilos per waste stream.

Issued by: Facilitair Bureau