Starting summer 2018 household garbage and company waste from busy inner city will be removed via the Amsterdam canals, directly to the waste incineration. In recent years, experiments have been done with collecting waste through the Amsterdam canals.
Dutch shipping company Mokum Mariteam carries around 60 waste containers every week from, among other, major hotels outside the city. This has been commissioned by waste processor Icova.
For households, it’s hardly ever done. Nevertheless, there is a lot of enthusiasm for the trial, transporter Willem Post of Mokum Mariteam notes that “The city is in favour of the technology, entrepreneurs want to participate. It is now just a matter of political will.”
According to Willem Post, waste collection via the water is not only more sustainable, the narrow streets in the center are also a lot safer for cyclists and pedestrians if there are no more large trash trucks there. It is not yet clear whether Mokum Mariteam will be selected to carry out the test, a selection procedure will start this spring. The city must first go to national government for permission for this experiment. It appears that the application is promising, according to alderman for sustainability Abdeluheb Choho.
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