124 million for handling circular plastic

With Circular Plastics NL, the parties are combating climate change, reducing the use of fossil raw materials and reducing environmental pollution. This will strengthen the Netherlands’ sustainable earning capacity.


Circular Plastics NL is an initiative from the MaterialenNL platform submitted to the National Growth Fund by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The initiative has been established in collaboration with the National Plastics Recycling Platform (NPPR). From this platform, a consortium of more than 150 partners has been set up, consisting of universities, applied universities, knowledge institutions such as TNO, small and medium-sized enterprises, multinational companies, start-ups and social organizations.

Ardi Dortmans, Science Director Circular Economy and Environment at TNO, is proud of the way the national plastics field has organized itself and has thus been able to convince the Growth Fund Committee of the strength of the collaboration between companies, knowledge parties and the government: “I am We are happy for that role “, which TNO will play in the systems integration program and in strengthening our collaboration with Brightlands Chemelot Campus. It gives us confidence that in the coming years we can build a fully circular plastics industry. with all our partners for our children’s future.”

“It gives us confidence that in the years to come we can build a fully circular plastics industry for the future of our children with all our partners.”

Investments are doubling

The investment of 124 million euros is for the programs starting in 2023 and 2024. A total of 220 million euros has been reserved by the government for the entire eight-year program. This amount is doubled by the industry and other stakeholders in the circular plastic chain.

Programs and pillars for renewing materials and processes

Circular Plastics NL is developing various programs and pillars to realize material and process innovations for circular plastics and thereby work towards 100% circularity in 2050 (the Raw Materials Agreement) – and seize financial opportunities. Not only are the current circuits closed, for example, but new materials are also being developed that can replace materials that are difficult to recycle in the future.

The programs and columns are:

  • System integration of circular plastic
  • Design of circular plastic
  • Characterize, sort and wash
  • Industrialization of plastic recycling
  • Brightlands Circular Space

A decision support model

In Circular Plastics NL’s system integration program, a decision support model is designed for modeling scenarios. Social themes such as life cycle assessment, costs, business models, behavior, microplastics, rules and policies, logistics and recycling quality are included. This model provides direction for the circular plastic conversion and ensures the right investments in innovation in the growth fund.

Design, characterize, sort & wash and recycle

The program lines ‘Design of circular plastics’, ‘characterization, sorting and washing’ and ‘industrialization of plastics recycling’ ensure technological innovation and upscaling, where the bottlenecks in the chain are tackled.

Efficient and inclusive ecosystem and nursery

The Brightlands Circular Space program line invests in facilities to accelerate upscaling from design to recycling. Together, the programs form the foundation of an efficient and inclusive circular plastic ecosystem. In addition, there is a kindergarten to develop innovative disruptive technology for the next generation of circular plastic.


Within the pillars, there is a great deal of attention paid to chain cooperation. Within the framework of this collaboration, ten showcases have been defined that focus on a material and / or application. Read more about the showcases.

David Pappie, Director of Top Sectors & Industrial Policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate: “With this proposal, the Growth Fund invests in the necessary innovation and upscaling of circular plastics. A great opportunity for the Netherlands to link this social challenge to the strengths of Dutch knowledge institutions and the chemical industry. I look forward to bringing a circular plastic ecosystem in the Netherlands one big step closer to the consortium. ”

“I look forward to bringing a circular plastics ecosystem in the Netherlands one big step closer to the consortium.”

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