Colloquium announcement

Faculty of Engineering Technology

Department Design, Production and Management
Master programme Industrial Design Engineering

As part of his / her masterassignment

Wahbe Rezek

will hold a speech entitled:

Development of local recyclepoints for the city of Amsterdam



Waste recycling has become popular in the past years, due to its impact on sustainability and its increasing financial attractiveness. Therefore, the municipality of Amsterdam started to focus more on waste recycling. In 2015, the municipality presented plans in which they set the ambition of going from 27% waste recycling in 2015 tot 65% by 2020. In order to achieve this, the city is working on a new waste collection, separation and recycling system.

In Amsterdam there are special containers for paper, glass, plastics and textiles, and bulky waste can be brought to one of the 6 big recyclepoints in the city. Still, people often offer all the different waste materials all together in the same bag and bulky waste is dumped on the streets instead of being brought to the recyclepoints. That makes it difficult to separate and recycle those materials afterwards. The reasons why the participation in the waste separation system is so low, are unclear and may be caused by divergent factors. However, it is very likely that the lack of knowledge and the ease the people are used to, are playing a major role. The latter is an important one: as long as it is easy for people to dump their bulky waste on the streets, they will not travel all the way to a big recyclepoint to separate it.

Therefore, the municipality started working on a project called 'the local recyclepoint'. That is 'a place in the neighbourhood where you can bring all your reusable materials and products'. Bringing the recyclepoints for bulky waste closer to the people might help in motivating them to bring it there and therefore add to a higher waste separation percentage. However, how to really motivate the people to use those local recyclepoints? How to make them conscious of the advantages of waste separation? Can it be more than just a place to dump waste, like a place for education or social interactions? How should the local recyclepoints look like, what materials (waste) should be accepted there and where should these recyclepoints be placed within the city? Do we need 10, 20 or 30 recyclepoints?

These questions are answered by a research and design for the local recyclepoints, based on the needs of the people in Amsterdam and the waste they produce.