The consortium headed by SITA UK has been awarded a public-private partnership contract to design, finance, build, and operate a waste-to-energy recovery plant for the West London Waste Authority. The facility will be operational in 2016, and the contract covers a period of 25 years. This partnership aims to recover 96% of 300,000 metric tons of waste in London that had previously been sent to landfills. It is anticipated that CO2 emissions will be reduced by approximately 2 million metric tons over the term of the contract. The 34 MW plant will generate enough power to supply 50,000 households, and a network of local companies is expected to be added over the longer term.
Only 20% of the 25 million metric tons of plastic waste produced in Europe every year is recycled. This major environmental challenge also holds a reserve of unused resources. The Group has signed a preliminary agreement with Carbios, an innovative young company that specializes in cutting-edge green chemistry technologies. The aim is to implement decomposition processes for plastic waste, in order to recover its basic component, i.e. polymer, with a quality identical to that produced by oil. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT will make its SITA France subsidiary’s plastic waste reserves available to Carbios, which will then be able to test its bioprocesses and confirm their effectiveness, with a view to recovering waste.
SITA France and Passenaud Recyclage, a company based in Le Mans, inaugurated an eco-hub dedicated to new waste recovery technologies in September 2013. The first facility at the Valor Pôle 72 eco-hub is a new-generation 5,000 m² waste-sorting center with an overall capacity of 123,000 tons per year. The purpose of this facility is to recover the waste generated by Le Mans’ 313,000 inhabitants using the most modern technology, such as ballistic, optical sorting, overband separators, an eddy-current separator, etc. The treatment of the waste issuing from these selective collections will be used to produce secondary raw materials used in recycling sectors. Valor Pôle 72 is part of the reconversion of a former DuPont de Nemours industrial area, and it employs people who are being reintegrated into the workforce. Ultimately, the eco-hub will house other facilities specializing in waste recovery.
Partner of Légumes de France for the Energy Project led in conjunction with the French Ministry for Agriculture and ADEME (French Energy and Environment Management Agency), SITA has developed an innovative technology, Cogénération Haute Performance® (CHP+® − high-efficiency cogeneration). CHP+® consists in optimizing the energy efficiency of cogeneration plants to export the maximum amount of available heat, notably to heat greenhouses whose energy bills represent up to more than a third of the cost of growing flowers and vegetables. Four projects are currently being developed in France, Germany, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, totaling an annual renewable energy supply of more than 200 GWh and avoiding over 60,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. One of these projects, sponsored by Econotre, a subsidiary of SITA France, in partnership with the city of Bessières (Haute- Garonne) and other private stakeholders, will heat more than 100,000 m2 of greenhouses from mid-2013, which will produce 4,000 metric tons of vegetables per year.
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SITA has established itself as a preferred partner of major industrial groups and aims to assist them in their wastemanagement operations both in and outside France. As such, since 2008 SITA has developed an industrial partnership with French automaker Renault in order to create a recycling channel capable of recovering 95% of a vehicle’s parts. The company, INDRA Automobile Recycling, is a joint venture of Renault and SITA and today offers a comprehensive service based on the recovery of end-of-life vehicles. This includes vehicle collection at 320 intake sites, vehicle dismantling at 7 sites, and the sale of refurbished parts via 400 outlets.
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