REBus (Resource Efficient Business Models) is a project funded by EU Life +, aimed at acquiring knowledge about the potential of circular (business) models and investigating whether they deliver the targeted 15% resource and cost savings. In this pilot, we looked at the catering sector.
Together with other companies and governmental institutions, we explore new business models that enable circular purchasing. We do our research within 5 branches in the Netherlands:
- Office equipment,
By executing these pilots, we learn more about the circular economy and what is needed to implement this into practice. REBus also applies the acquired knowledge to new pilots and encourages participants to pass on their knowledge. Due to the planned oil spill effect, a project like REBus will eventually be superfluous.
Reuse and efficiency
The government is one of the largest employers in the Netherlands. And a lot of catering is being done, a great opportunity to search for circular ways to save materials and money. In this pilot we have two main objectives, namely:
- The separation of the waste by the users of the Rijkswaterstaat's business restaurant in Utrecht.
- Reducing food waste by looking for a method of preventing waste at meeting lunches. In particular, the fruit, vegetables and plastics that are suitable for reuse.
You can read the progress of these and other pilots of REBus HERE.