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RECYQ – ZERO WASTE INTERNATIONAL stands for a collaboration between people and companies that share the same goal. It is a community that wants to make Amsterdam and cities worldwide more aware of waste. Everybody throws away a lot every day. But what is waste really? Everything that we throw in the trash can is collected and we do not look at it anymore. In most cases this is burned in large furnaces which is bad for the environment. But also for the wallet! By being aware of what you throw away you can not only save money but also contribute to the environment. Welcome!

Reduce. Reuse. RecyQ.

RecyQ allows waste to circulate with the aim of increasing the percentage of separated waste. RecyQ makes waste separation for citizens and businesses more logical and understandable, so that they are more motivated to cooperate. By experimenting and researching what motivates residents and businesses, we gain insights into how we can stimulate waste separation. By using the latest digital technology, upcycling innovations and working together with schools and parties in the waste chain, we change the perception of waste and create impact in the social, environmental and economic fields.

Zero Waste Southeast

In 2016 RecyQ started an ongoing community zero waste program in collaboration with the Municipality of Amsterdam. In this pilot, RecyQ successfully motivates residents in Amsterdam Zuidoost to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost waste and test 7 interventions on effectiveness and scalability.

The interventions that we are testing:

  • RecyQ app
  • Information provision
  • Reward via CO2 tokens (local circular economy)
  • Special waste bins for @ home (glass, paper, plastic)
  • Worm hotel community composting (vegetable & fruit waste)
  • Extra public containers for paper, plastics, glass & textiles
  • Virtual neighborhood fund
  • Glass recycling campaign “Glass in ‘t Bakkie”

Jacintha Curwen

Chief Upcycling Officer Social Entrepreneur with a financial background. Works on upcycling product strategy, business development and finance.

Richard Severin

Chief Circular Development Social Entrepreneur with a background in international energy consultancy and development cooperation. Works on circular concept development and sustainable project development.

Total 12077.0 Kg


Total 1041 TREES

Grow for a year

Total 17253.0 Kg

CO2 saved

Total 345 TOKENS


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