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.

In the Circular Public Procurement project in the Baltic Sea Region, partners from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Poland, Russia and the Netherlands are working to develop the market for circular products and services through government procurement.

Circular design

Preservation of the value of materials and products is the central challenge for a circular economy. It requires a different way of designing and using products and collaboration in the production chain. To achieve this, new design strategies that focus on long product life, sustainable choice of materials and closing the material chain are crucial.
Download the Inspiration guide Circular design, with 12 example cases (pdf, 3 MB)

Three strategies:

  • Design strategy 1: Focus on long lifespan.
  • Design strategy 2: Close the loop.
  • Design strategy 3: Choose sustainable materials.

The animation shows these important design strategies in practice.