Circular economy

Circular economy

Our ambition in the circular economy is to close the raw material cycles and bring a circular economy ever closer. From waste to resources.

We actively make the knowledge and expertise we have accumulated available within Rijkswaterstaat as well as to target groups in the market. The information is distributed to public authorities and social organisations through events, to our Waste Management Helpdesk and on various websites and social media. We take part in the nationwide Circular Economy programme, including the From Waste to Raw Materials programme, which promotes the avoidance and recycling of waste by municipalities and businesses.


By conducting a series of pilots we are learning more and more about what needs to be done to make the shift to circular procurement. These insights are being used to improve our own procurement processes. We are also applying the knowledge we gain in new pilots outside Rijkswaterstaat and encourage participants to pass on their knowledge. Example of a procurement project is the REBus project.

Building circulair

Rijkswaterstaat is a joint instigator of the CB’23 Platform. CB’23 stands for circular building in 2023. The platform ensures that agreements on circular building can be made across the spectrum of the construction industry, on aspects such as uniform measuring methods and construction industry passports, as well as on circular procurement and circular design. A lexicon and 2 guides have already been translated into English. They can be downloaded from the website Platform CB’23. Rijkswaterstaat hopes that the guides will be used as much as possible and would be happy to receive feedback. Any feedback can be sent to:

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