Circular procurement

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In a perfectly functioning circular economy, there is no such thing as waste. Wastage of raw materials is prevented by maximising the reusability of products and materials and by minimising value destruction. This differs from the current linear system, in which raw materials are converted into products that are usually destroyed at the end of their service life.

The circular economy is an important national and international policy priority as it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain high-quality raw materials. A circular economy also has various financial and environmental benefits. The Dutch government has a trump card, in the form of an annual purchasing volume of € 60 billion with which to encourage the development of a circular economy. As a procurer, you will find inspiration below on how to assist in the creation of a circular economy.

Circular procurement explained

Circular procurement enables the purchasing party to ensure that, at the end of their service life or useful life, products or materials will be re-used effectively in a new cycle. It is crucial that products and materials retain their value. It is important to avoid value destruction due to "downcycling" (e.g. processing A4 paper into toilet paper) wherever possible.

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Getting started with circular procurement

Circular procurement is a relatively new topic, and the Netherlands is a global front-runner in this area. Several pilot projects are under way to increase experience and expertise in the practical implementation of circular procurement. The key principles in each of these projects are customization and close cooperation with the market.

Further details: Getting started with circular procurement