Chain parties sign agreement for cleaner water in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the first city in the Netherlands to join forces with parties in the chain for cleaner water in and around the city. On 7 September, on the top floor of the Havengebouw, the municipality of Amsterdam, Waternet, NRK (Dutch Federation of Rubber and Plastics Industry), PlasticsEurope, the Plastic Soup Foundation, the Port of Amsterdam and Berenschot signed the partnership agreement ‘Clean Waters in and around Amsterdam’.

Clean Waters in and around Amsterdam

The ‘Clean Waters in and around Amsterdam’ programme is a response to the volume of debris floating in the waters and located along the water’s edge in Amsterdam. This so-called ‘local plastic soup’ not only harms the quality of life in Amsterdam, it can also cause a large number of environment-related problems. The ‘Clean Waters in and around Amsterdam’ partnership agreement aims to change this on the basis of a three-year programme. For example, the programme focuses on developing sustainable Amsterdam water bottles for tourists and residents, additional water tap points will be installed and a bi-annual action will be organised whereby plastic will be retrieved from the canals after events such as the King’s Day and the Canal Parade. In addition, attention will be focused on PR in support of preventing water pollution (for example, communication focused on refilling water bottles) and the parties will jointly investigate how the cleanup can be carried out more effectively. This will involve an assessment of how to structurally reduce the floating debris in the North Sea Channel and Het IJ, a body of water in Amsterdam. The basic premise of these actions is that the retrieved waste can be reused in some other way.

The agreement was signed by Arjan van Gils (Amsterdam City Clerk), Jacqueline Kramer (Chairman of the Plastic Soup Foundation), Steven van Rossum (Waternet Sector Director), Erik de Ruijter (Director Policy and Advice NRK), Petra Ronda (Communication Manager PlasticsEurope), Eduard de Visser (Director Strategy & Innovation Port of Amsterdam) and Ber Damen (Former COO Berenschot).