Port of Amsterdam – the ‘circular loop’ of cities.

The port of Amsterdam is a hub for the circular economy. More than 1,400 companies and industries are located in the area, so acting on recycling the waste and raw materials there, is a smart choice. There, next to the demo factories and innovative circular companies, there are many companies that are prominent in the fields of biobased, circular, recycling and chemistry. 

Hence, together with the network association ORAM, the port of Amsterdam established a circular network. With this network circular companies will be placed in a greater Amsterdam connection between companies and government, allowing the Amsterdam region to become one of the most important circular industrial hubs.


Building the circularity from the port to the city

The port of Amsterdam plays an important role in achieving the circularity goal. In the Westpoort industrial area of Amsterdam an emerging cluster of chemical recyclers and bio based production activities are transforming the port from a linear, fossil based industry, to a circular and renewable ecosystem. In fact, there, various types of waste, such as plastic, rubber, glass, metals and wood are collected, separated, and recycled there on a large scale to start an upcycling process. 

By way of co-siting, symbiotic processing, usage of existing assets and shared knowledge, Port of Amsterdam, and her customers create sustainable, shared value for the port, city, region and European internland. Analysis on feedstock, product and energy flows allow ‘smart clustering’ in which all parties benefit by way of efficiency , reduced costs and stable production and offset of products. All involved parties are working together ‘to be part of a better port’.

The port of Amsterdam is also home to several chemical and energy companies, biofuel producers, chemical factories and power station. Hence it has been featured as a showcase in the HCH’s latest brochure “Chemical Recycling in Circular Perspective”, which is now available digitally ‘Chemical Recycling in Circular Perspective