Among Amsterdam residents, the level of waste separation is low, and this is often attributed to the fact that they don’t need to consider how much household waste they’re producing. In large parts of the Netherlands, a much higher proportion of household waste is recycled because collection fees are linked to the amount of waste a household produces: the more non-recyclable waste you dispose of, the more you pay. This means that it’s in the household’s financial interest to throw away as little non-recyclable waste as possible, because waste has a negative value. But household waste can also have a positive value if it can be recycled.
We’re looking for an innovative solution to stimulate residents, households and potentially also civil organisations to recycle their own household waste and materials (such as paper, glass, textiles, organic kitchen waste) based on circular motives, and possibly putting their waste on the processing market themselves.
Can technology fulfil a supporting and stimulating role, minimising dependence on the local authority? Central to this issue are the notions of ‘ownership’, ‘responsibility’ and ‘duty of care’.
Come up with an innovative solution that motivates residents to recycle their household waste
Issued by: Afval en Grondstoffen