‘Gemeente Rotterdam‘ (Municipality of Rotterdam) is looking for startups that can contribute to making Rotterdam more circular through improving the upcycling infrastructure within the city.
Rotterdam has a goal of providing 100% circular public products and services by 2030* and in order to meet this goal, we need to think of new and innovative solutions for the city’s main waste streams.
With 633.000 inhabitants, Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands. The harbour has a great industrial/chemical complex and is the largest of Europe. Focused on the mission ‘’Think Global, Act Local’’, the municipality is looking for solutions to reduce CO2 emissions on high volume resident waste streams, and have the potential to serve as a circular input source for the port and chemical sector. Turning waste into raw materials could thereby reduce CO2 emissions and be economically profitable. Through the Low Carbon Circular Waste Management method, the municipality aims to impact all stages of the value chain, ranging from production and prevention to recycling and upcycling. The City of Rotterdam and the habour are in transition. The Harbour stimulates chemical recycling and has a focus on food/biomass, textile and paper/cellulose. Recently all the plastics and drinking cartons of household waste of are sorted off for recycling. for example, the company Loniqa who makes new PET-bottles out of PET-waste.