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Re-organise organic waste streams to create a benefit for all

What is the goal of the project?

More and more SMEs, such as urban farmers and restaurants, are looking for possibilities to valorise their organic waste. Instead of paying for waste removal, they try to create new business opportunities by separating and processing their organic waste into valuable products, materials and energy. These product are used by themselves or sold to partners nearby. By valorising organic waste in a decentralised manner, these companies aim to produce high quality products and reduce sourcing, transportation and waste management costs, while gaining independence.
RE-ORGANISE aims to create knowledge and business solutions around decentralized production of (semi-finished) products, materials, water and energy from organic waste. Two urban farming locations (Tuinen van West and NoordOogst) act as cases.

What is the result of the project?

The results are:
-A selection of suitable technical solutions to process organic waste on a decentralized way. A draft selection tool is developed to make a selection which technical solution will suit your waste streams and motivation.
-Circular concepts for decentralised production through waste processing for symbiotic Urban Agriculture networks.
Technical prototypes for small scale processing of organic waste.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

The RE-ORGANISE project is initiated by the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Together with the CAH Vilentum Hogeschool the research approach has been designed. Three types of partners are involved:

  1. Technology suppliers and developers:
    • Eco-cycle (fast composting equipment)
    • Enki Energy (small scale biodigestion)
    • Meerlanden (composting)
    • Stadsgas (small scale biodigestion)
    • Rotterzwam (mushroom farms)
    • Protix (insect farms)
    • The Waste Transformers (waste to materials and energy systems)
  2. Urban farms
    • De Tuinen van West (Amsterdam; SMEs: De Fruittuin van West, MijnStadstuin and Bureau4Dstad)
    • NoordOogst en de Ceuvel (Amsterdam; SMEs: Metabolic, de Ceuvel, Biogasboot)
  3. Knowledge and societal partners
    • Gemeente Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Council)
    • Circle Economy
    • TU Delft
    • Branchevereniging Voor Organische Reststoffen (BVOR)
    • Louis Bolk Instituut
    • Centrum voor Landbouw en Milieu (CLM)
    • LEI / Wageningen UR


IRATXE ACHA's picture

I am working in SAIOLAN, an organization located in Mondragon (north of Spain). We are involved in a project looking for "innovative technologies" and "business models" that offer circular solutions for food industry organizations. I would like to know more about your initiative and the proposals you are implementing as a source of inspiration. How could I know more about that? Thank you!

Ludovica Viva's picture
Ludovica Viva

I'm writing my thesis on the potential of separate collection and treatment of organic waste in improving Amsterdam circularity taking into account especially decentralized solutions and I would like to know more about this project. If anyone is available to help me with that please contact me at
Thank you very much.