About the city

In 2022, Amsterdam hosted ca. 890.000 citizens in about 450.000 households.
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organic waste is generated by restaurants, food retail, and food manufacturing in the city

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of total biowaste generated by the city

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of biowaste is collected and processed separately

(biowaste collection)

  • Amsterdam aims at increasing separate kitchen and garden waste collection from the current 1.3% (CBS, 2023) to 73% by 2030.


  • One of the main challenges is to raise awareness and to change household behavior, in addition to that, the creation of new spaces for the collection and recycling of biowaste.


  • Another challenge is to stimulate the separation of kitchen and garden waste.

(soil improvers)

  • The improvement of end-products quality for use in circular food systems, adapting the regulatory framework to allow the use of biowaste as soil improvers


  • Raising user acceptance of soil improvers from biowaste


  • Overcoming financial and economic challenges of circular biowaste initiatives


  • Thanks to Bin2Bean, Amsterdam will develop and test soil improvers from biowaste grinders installed in high-rise buildings.


  • Amsterdam aims at multiplying circular biowaste initiatives at the local level, including worm hotels, aerobic composting, anaerobic composting, and mulching (“micro-level”), as well as increasing the flow of industrial compost in large-scale facilities (“macro-level”).