Interview: Floor from the municipality

Floor is WASTED's contact point within the municipality. Earlier this month we interviewed Floor in order to learn a bit about how she views WASTED and our role within the Noord community as waste managers.

When did you first become aware of the WASTED?

Last spring my colleague Stef Le Fevre asked me if I wanted to supervise the implementation of the WASTED project from the municipality. In preparation for the first meeting, I visited the website of WASTED and read about the project plan and I found the working method interesting.

What has your experience been like with WASTED?

After the summer of 2017, I started working with the WASTED partners. I am working as a kind of side promoter of the project. In the beginning it was difficult to find a form of cooperation with each other. In my experience I have been able to arrange some practical matters. As part of the evaluation at the end of last year a survey was conducted of residents in the North. This was to gauge the awareness of WASTED in the neighbourhood and it gave me a sense of the community’s involvement in the project. In 2018 we will take the next step in our cooperation so that the WASTED project achieves visible results on waste separation and recycling of items and builds on their success.

What role do you see in WASTED playing in the shaping of a smart and sustainable Amsterdam?

I see them playing the role of (digital) connector between local residents in the neighbourhood and their possible contribution to the global importance of a sustainable life on earth without being exhausted.

Do you see circular economy principles becoming an established part of Amsterdam?

Yes, a lot is happening already, step by step but it is a long-term process. Many Amsterdammers separate their waste and take initiatives to contribute to the circular economy. Unfortunately, it is still far from enough. Separating waste and preferably, reducing the initial creation waste, should be the most natural thing in the world for citizens of Amsterdam. Unfortunately, that is still future music.

 What does the future of waste management in Amsterdam look like to you?

Amsterdam is waste-free. The Amsterdammer (re) cleverly use raw materials with each other and cycles are closed locally.

Created on 18 April 2018

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