100% recycling economy a reality for the Netherlands?
The Dutch government has finalised an agreement on the investment of 27 million euros in improving its national waste management sector. With this investment the government attempts to reduce the amount of waste that is still sent to landfill. At the same time it hopes to boost reuse and recycling practices in the Netherlands. The money is intended to support innovative machinery as well so companies may increase the recyclability of their products.
The Netherlands will continue to promote waste materials as a ‘valuable commodity’ in line with the country’s 2050 circular economy plan for a ‘100% recycling economy’, so says Sharon Dijksma, secretary of infrastructure and the environment.
The kick-off for the multi-million euros investment will take place at all 7000+ primary schools throughout the country so as to spark in interest in sustainability in the next generation as well as educators. Dijksma notes that another goal is to make separating at source easier for Dutch residents and businesses.
Social engagement aside, the so-called ‘national commodity agreement’ will also address environmentally unsustainable product design, especially aiming to find alternatives for non-recyclable packaging. This includes aluminium-plastics and aluminium-carton packaging for crisps and soup.
Dijksma has revealed that she is currently in talks with the three largest banks in the Netherlands in order to get more financial support for sustainable initiatives in business and society. The banks have already acknowledged that they are willing to support companies working on circular projects.
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