SITA France is a major player in the dismantling and recycling of complex waste. End-of-life vehicles, waste electrical and electronic equipment, tyres and textiles are thus collected by certified firms or networks, then dismantled in order to isolate hazardous elements (fuel, gas, pollutants). The reusable portion (spare parts, equipment) and recyclable materials (ferrous and non-ferrous metals, glass, plastic, etc.) are then extracted, and the residual unusable portion is disposed of.
In September 2010, SITA France increased its WEEE treatment capacity by inaugurating a new facility in Feyzin (Rhônes Alpes). This new WEEE treatment unit can process 25,000 metric tonnes of equipment per year.
The unit is the first to treat all types of WEEE. On the strength of its design and its industrial dismantling process, the unit was awarded the “Chemicals and Environment” certification by the Axelera Competitiveness Centre.
To attain its ambitious objectives for the recovery of complex waste, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT must combine its areas of expertise with those of complementary industrial players. Indeed, their expertise in product design techniques is combined with SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT’s know-how in the dismantling and recycling of waste.
For instance, SITA is working with car manufacturer Renault to speed up the deployment of a treatment process for end-of-life vehicles (ELVs). In collaboration with Renault, the sites of Romorantin (Loir-et-Cher) and Noyelles-Godault (Pas‑de‑Calais) operated by INDRA, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, thus recycle 25 ELVs per day. For this purpose, they use a 7-stage dismantling process making it possible to recover 85% of vehicles.
Eventually, the solution developed will make it possible to recycle 95% of vehicles, retrieve used parts and make new car parts using the recycled raw materials.
Likewise, the creation of the joint venture Tarmac Aerosave, by SITA France Airbus, Snecma, Equip’aero and Tasc Aéroconseil, initiated an aircraft dismantling and recycling experience undertaken within the scope of the European program called PAMELA (Process for Advanced Management of End of Life Aircrafts). In 2009, the first aircraft to be dismantled were taken to the Tarmac Aerosave site located in Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées).
In 2011, Tarmac Aerosave won the tender issued by Spain’s Aragon region for the operation of an aircraft storage, maintenance and dismantling site for a period of 25 years.