Urban Technology publication: opportunities and bottlenecks for the decentralized processing of organic waste

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The Netherlands is in a transition to the circular economy, in which as much waste as possible is converted into valuable products. The recovery of raw materials and energy from organic residual streams is one of the most important elements of the circular economy.

In the project Re-Organise, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, together with Aeres Hogeschool Dronten, investigated the opportunities and bottlenecks for the decentralized processing of organic waste. The reason for this were the questions on this subject that were posed by more than ten companies.

These practical questions led to the central research question: how can organic residual streams be decentrally processed and utilized by the use of new technical and organizational solutions, in order to create more economic and ecological value?

Two urban agriculture locations served as a case study to conduct practical research into organic residual flows and business models. In addition, projects were carried out together with companies to optimize the techniques for the decentralized processing of organic waste.

The research project Re-Organize has produced concrete results for industry, policy makers, researchers and education. This can be found in the publication via the link below.

Find the full publication here (in Dutch):


Maarten Mulder

Hi Ben, thanks for your reaction. Unfortunately we don't have a publication in English. We did all the research in Dutch...

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Amsterdam Smart City

Hi Maarten, zie de vraag van Ben Morris! Is de publicatie er ook in het Engels of kunnen we die binnenkort verwachten?

Ben Morris

Hey Maarten - congrats on delivering the publication. Do you have an English translation? Unfortunately my Dutch isn't good enough just yet to get all of it. Thanks