Why does Almere launch this competition?

Why does Almere launch this competition?

The aim of the competition is to stimulate economic activity and allow for the realisation of innovative plans, which are focussed on making products using our city’s waste flows. We see our city as a supplier of raw materials. There are public waste flows in the public areas, including biomass, asphalt and street furniture. It costs the municipality money (public funds) to remove the majority of these waste flows.

The city is also a buyer of products, including for the design of public spaces. The municipality is looking for a vision, concept and realisation plan which will generate new independent economic activities by making products with the use of these waste flows. This, in turn, will create new economies, whereby employment (paid work, also for low-skilled workers and people somewhat removed from the employment market) is promoted.

And finally, the more effective use of raw materials will have a positive effect on the city’s costs and management.