Circular Organic Waste in Amsterdam is a thesis project carried out by the UvA student Ludovica Viva (MSc in Environmental management) with the collaboration and supervision of dhr. prof. dr. G. Rothenberg (UvA, Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry), dr. Francesca Ciulli (UvA, Amsterdam Business School) and dr. J.C. Slootweg (UvA, Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences). The aim of the project is to investigate the potential of separate organic waste collection and treatment in improving the circularity of Amsterdam. In order to do so the research will analyse from an interdisciplinary perspective several case studies selecting the most successful that fit to the characteristics and needs of the city. Thanks to the collaboration with the Amsterdam Business School, the case studies selected will be integrated in different sustainable business models. The set of business models proposed will produce an overall strategy for the management of organic waste following the principles of sustainability and circular economy as much as possible.
At the same time, the research will be backed by a social analysis performed through the questionnaire presented in the previous section (see page questionnaire) in order to get an idea of the real perception of this issue among Amsterdam’s inhabitants. The questionnaire will also help hint what would be the best instruments to incentivise the separate collection of organic waste and what the biggest barriers to its realisation are.