A first regional meeting between the municipalities of Amsterdam and Zaandam with several companies such as Waternet, Orgaworld, Cargill, Ahold, Honig, Starbucks etc. was organised on July 4th by the municipality of Amsterdam. Goal was to share information and knowledge and if possible take the first steps in creating a phosphate market. The meeting was followed by a guided tour of the Amsterdam resource factory.
Some of the topics that were discussed:
- Can concentrated phosphate flows from for example Cargill be processed by for example Waternet in an earlier stage in the production process instead of just at the end where the final flows are usually mixed flows? This prevents thinning of the concentrated phosphate flows and makes recovery more efficient and cost effective. Waternet and Cargill will discuss this idea further.
- Is it an idea to mark products with secondary phosphate with a positive predicate? And is this possible? DMB will approach some of the parties present to further discuss this idea
- A round table will be organized for a maximum of two to four companies, probably with Waternet, to possibly close the nutrient cycle as a cluster. Action DMB
- Is it possible to build a mono sludgeburner in this region, like in Brabant? What are the bottlenecks? Waternet will explore.
- DMB will explore what information is available concerning dry flows. They will approach some companies to discuss this topic and will report back in the next meeting.
- Public private partnerships. Cargill has ideas to work cooperatively on struvite production. Cargill, DMB and Waternet will explore these ideas.
A follow up meeting will be planned after the summer.