Scan for opportunities repair and recycling industry

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Since repairing is better than disposing

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What is the goal of the project?

Qualitative insights into the developments and opportunities in the repair and recycling sector.

What is the result of the project?

The report shows that there are many initiatives in the field of repair, reuse and recycling. However these areas cannot be assessed on effectiveness yet, because the processes are in its early stages. Furthermore, the researchers note that the organization of the repair, reuse and recycling industry is fragmented. On top of this, the current arrangement of the chains for reuse and recycling do not coincide. Recycling companies do not see the value of reusing products yet, because this means they have less materials for production.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

City of Amsterdam – with K+V

What is the next step?

Researchers recommend:
To further investigate the sustainable area, to determine which audiences are attracted to circular initiatives and to study the consequences of these initiatives. Not only on the funding and environmental impact, but also on the role of the municipality.

  • Strengthening the role from the municipality with its focus on the waste streams.
  • Include the high-quality recycling of products in the policy objectives.
  • Rethinking the position and arrangement of the Wastepoints as part of the chain for reuse and recycling.
  • Facilitating a circular connection between startups and circular area development.

What can other cities learn from your project?

The report offers an overview of the developments and opportunities in the repair and recycling sector.