Reversed Waste: Using reverse logistics to help organic waste being used as a resource for farmers

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Making use of the current logistics systems but preventing empty trucks to leave the municipality but rather have the logistics in place to have these transport organic waste for composting and biogas for the farmers.

Collection takes places via Buren & Boeren network in pilot phase and to be rolled out to supermarkets - in scale up phase. Making use of collection bags that can fit into transport containers this reverse logistics solution actually reduces the logistics required in the municipality.


Key users and beneficiaries:

  • Consumers
  • Farmers
  • Grocery store retailers


The impact:

  • Community building
  • Integration of supply chain into waste collection
  • Reduction of logistics movements in city



The first phase of this challenge looked at key opportunity areas, barriers to overcome, inspirational case studies, existing research, facts and figures, and other insights around the challenge. The Circle Economy team identified and clustered all submissions into key areas of opportunity that served to inspire and support the development of new solutions at the Beyond Next circularity festival. This is one of the solutions that came out of the event. 

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