Greenery in public space

Greenery in public space

The municipality of Almere has about 120,000 trees (in neighborhoods and along the roads) and about 2200 hectares of public green spaces (eg parks, roadsides, forests, etc.) in management. Public green Almere often contains characteristic landscape structuring elements. The biomass which is released out of the maintenance, disappears at the moment for the most part out of Almere. 

Waste flows public green

On the basis of the fact that only a part of the total biomass potential is available for processing, the figures are as follows:

• Woody biomass: approximately 10,000 tons per year of fresh material (chips, shreds) (of which 1,500 tons of waste transfer stations);
• grassy material and leaves: about 10,000 tons per year of fresh material.

The woody biomass power supplies the town at this time of money, because it is used to reduce the contract price. The grass-like leaves and materials cost the municipality money to process.


Most current contracts of the municipality for the maintenance of public spaces are 'RAW-specifications'. Basically, the municipality in this standard 'RAW-specification' ownership of the released material to the contractor. Reversing the ownership of the released nutrients will lead to more or less work. The Environmental Management Act should be taken into account. This states that if the client wants to get rid of certain building materials, legal and economic ownership of these materials is transferred to the contractor. On the basis of this Environmental Management Act can only be transferred to the contractor if these building materials should not be issued to a licensed establishment under the Act.

Ecosystem services of green for the city

Besides the preservation of landscape values ​​is the preservation of various ecosystem services (such as ecological value) of public green for Almere important. For example, appointed to the coalition agreement Almere, a city should (continue to) be a wealth of plants, animals and greenery to enjoy.

The potential of biomass is therefore no scope for maximizing the harvest biomass. In a survey by Sweco has been estimated in 2015 that approximately 1/3 of the potency is not desirable to harvest for ecological reasons and approximately 1/3 the short and medium term will not be harvested for economic reasons. This would mean that in the short term, about 1/3 portion of the biomass is potentially available for re-use and circularly energy purposes. By chain optimization, optimization of management and expected increase in biomass prices may increase this share to around 50%.

Municipal ownership

It is good to realize that these quantities are about the area that the municipality management. Management Areas of the State Forest, Flevolandschap, State or government are not included here.