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The Circular Economy in Berlin

As a SmartCity, one of Berlin's most important goals is an efficient circular economy together with sustainable resource management. Many creative people - researchers, engineers, business persons - are working to achieve this goal.

Facts and figures

  • With more than 400 companies and well over 8,500 employees , recycling management is a major economic factor in the capital.
  • The spectrum ranges from classic disposal companies to technology developers to startups, who turn recycled materials into innovative products for an environmentally conscious audience.
  • With the CleanTech Business Park Marzahn Hellersdorf and Berlin TXL - The Urban Tech Republic in Tegel, new locations with ideal conditions for the industry are emerging.
  • Large waste disposal companies such as the Berliner Stadtreinigungsbetriebe BSR and ALBA as well as many specialized recyclers ensure a high rate of recycling.
  • Berliner Wasserbetriebe has developed a plant for the recovery of phosphorus from sewage sludge and has thus been awarded the Greentec Award 2015.

Why Berlin?

„For us, a sustainable circular economy starts with the development of products that are designed to have a long service life, be highly reliable, reparable and recyclable. We therefore bring together some of the most innovative companies in the electronics industry and develop new concepts for mobile information and communication technology with them.“

Karsten Schischke
Karsten SchischkeGroup manager, Environmental Evaluation and Optimization, Fraunhofer Institute IZM

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