Journal of Soils and Sediments

, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp 1638–1641 | Cite as

Reuse of dredged material as a way to tackle societal challenges

  • Jos BrilsEmail author
  • Pieter de Boer
  • Jan Mulder
  • Elmert de Boer


Sediment is a natural resource that provides the foundation for living, working and building in lowland delta areas. A sustainable society, therefore, reuses dredged material as a valuable resource. Such reuse matches perfectly to the philosophy of a circular economy. However, it is not yet a common practice. Why is this, what are the bottlenecks and how do we overcome them? Here, we use the Netherlands as an example to illustrate possible solutions to these questions, although we believe that our messages and recommendations can be applied generically.


Circular economy Dredged material Ecosystem services Natural resource Reuse Societal challenges 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jos Brils
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pieter de Boer
    • 2
  • Jan Mulder
    • 3
    • 4
  • Elmert de Boer
    • 5
  1. 1.DeltaresUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.RijkswaterstaatUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.DeltaresDelftThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Water Engineering and ManagementUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  5. 5.RijkswaterstaatLelystadThe Netherlands

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