The Dutch company, founded in 1993, is searching for innovative processing technology focused on a number of specific waste or residual streams, in order to achieve more positive outcomes than the current processing technologies in use.
This means that more value is derived from residual flows, both economically and ecologically. Currently in waste processing, a lot of value (useful raw materials) is lost. For example, a large part of the waste is currently incinerated (with energy recovery) or fermented. In many cases recycling takes place, but with an application that is lower than the initial function of the raw material. With advancing technology, it is increasingly possible to recover the hidden value from residual flows.
In order to realize its ambition to enable the circular economy, the company shifts its focus to processing technology abroad. It is looking for the following:
• Innovative technologies for recycling and re-use, which are already being used on a commercial scale or are in a phase of commercialization. The entrepreneurs are open to expanding abroad, for example to test whether their technology and business model also works in other countries.
• Entrepreneurs who have a proof-of-concept, to obtain more value from residual flows. The entrepreneurs need access to residual flows (which the Dutch company has available) and / or knowledge and guidance in the roll-out of their concept on the Dutch market.
The company's demand applies to innovative processing technology in general, but in particular to the following waste streams, where no good alternative is currently available in the Netherlands:
• Contaminated films and laminates (packaging composed of multiple materials / plastics); these are currently mainly incinerated with energy recovery.
• Small toxic waste; waste containing chemicals that are harmful to health and the environment. The waste contains, for example, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium or organic solvents.
• Green waste; this is currently mainly composted, but there are emerging technologies to extract raw materials / nutrients. The company is particularly searching for solutions in the field of cut flowers.
• Organic residual flows and fruit and vegetables (AGF); currently this often finds its way to fermentation plants, but alternative technologies are also emerging which will extract nutrients from this and retrieve more value from this residual stream. This includes processing technologies for sludge streams from the food sector.
There are several types of partnerships that can be mutually agreed, depending on the type of technology and the cooperation sought:
- commercial agreement with technical assistence
- financial agreement
- joint venture agreement
- license agreement
- services agreement