The Municipality of Oosterhout and Avans Hogeschool will help companies in the municipality to take steps together for circularity. This is the way for sustainable economic management that adds value and takes into account scarcity of raw materials, pollution and environmental damage. The municipality and Avans are starting a project collaboration that will kick off from September 2020 with a circular innovation and research program.
The first project aims to set up a collective this autumn with at least 10 companies. This collective identifies problematic waste materials, discovers opportunities and bottlenecks for exchange, defines joint ambitions, looks for customers that are as local as possible, identifies the costs and benefits and, together with small and large companies, gains experience in public-private partnerships in this field. The municipality of Oosterhout, representatives of companies and Avans participate in the collective project.
This project is aimed at retrieving the ambitions of the potential participants, identifying the wishes and possibilities of companies, municipality and other actors and making initial choices together. Avans University of Applied Sciences is looking for a suitable connection between educational projects in relevant study programs. The Oosterhout approach uses practical experiences and socio-economic insights in the field of the circular economy, such as interaction between local actors, local ownership of entrepreneurs and public organizations. It should become an example of “co-creation for climate goals”.