City without waste

City without waste

Almere's aim is to become a waste-free city. The objective is for an average of only 50 kilos of residual waste per person per annum by 2020. Three quarters of our residual waste today is made up of items that don't belong there, such as paper, plastics, glass and biowaste. If these materials can be segregated they can be reused, reducing the amount of raw materials required for new products.

Waste is generated by every household, large or small. We all throw away vegetable waste, old papers, empty bottles and much more. Most items we throw away can be reused as raw materials provided we collect and process them separately. The city's motto will therefore be: from waste to raw materials! We will be asking residents to carefully segregate their waste.

Residual waste
The segregation of waste by residents will generate primarily useful raw materials, with only a small amount of residual waste left over. The term "residual waste" covers anything outside the categories glass, paper, plastic, tins, drinks cartons, textiles, minor chemical waste, biowaste, white and brown goods, oversized refuse, construction and demolition waste, soil and serviceable second-hand items.