Visit to the Netherlands
15 April 2013
In March 2013 a team from Copenhagen Municipality visited the
Netherlands as a part of the Plastic Zero Project. One of the
purposes of the trip was to gain knowledge on the possibilities for
automatic sorting household plastics. SITA Recycling Services was
therefore paid a visit. The plant was established as a part of the
producer responsibility on packaging, and is able to receive and
sort both rigid plastics and films.
The team also visited NL Agency who among other things is
responsible for the monitoring of waste and plastic recycling. The
agency has a long history of waste monitoring and residual waste
analysis, and thus has very good information on the collection
potentials for plastics. Each month a new city has their residual
waste analysed and household waste from around 40 households is
sorted. The results of these form the basis of the collection
potential for further improvement of collecting plastic packaging,
data which goes back to the beginning of the 70ies.
The newly formed Centre of expertise for sustainable packaging
was also visited. The focus of the centre is to involve the entire
value chain in the work for sustainable packaging. One of the
approaches the centre has taken to the task is to "consider
packaging as a system for transport", which challenges and leads to
a rethinking in the design phase and the producers to ask
themselves "is this still the best way to pack this product"?
The team returned with many inspiring ideas and possible
collaboration partners for the future work, as well as knowledge on
the Dutch producer responsibility and their undertaken approach to
solving the problem of rising plastic waste streams.