Recycling and recovery

Métropole Européenne de Lille awards SUEZ the operating contract for its organic recovery centre and the transfer and handling centre at Sequedin (Nord, France)

Métropole Européenne de Lille (MEL) urban area has awarded SUEZ, in association with ENGIE Biogas, a 9-year contract to operate its Organic Recovery Centre and the Transfer and Handling Centre at Sequedin (Nord, France). The contract, worth 76 million euros, is based on commitments regarding energy and environmental performance. From 1 January 2018, the Group supports Métropole Européenne de Lille into producing new resources from biowaste and green waste generated by over one million inhabitants.

“We will be improving performance at every level,” explained M. Debreu, Vice-President in charge of waste treatment and recovery at Métropole Européenne de Lille

With a capacity of 108,600 tonnes a year, the Organic Recovery Centre produces compost and biogas from the metropolitan area’s organic waste. In line with circular economy principles, the compost is used to enrich farmland while the biogas is used by the city’s buses or fed into the mains gas network. Under the contract, SUEZ has committed to improving the facility’s energy performance, mainly by: 

  • quadrupling raw biogas production, equivalent of the annual gas consumption of 3,000 households,
  • installing two charging points for electric vehicles at the facility, in order to encourage sustainable mobility and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

SUEZ commits to increasing production of compost that meets the French NFU standard and which is intended for the farming sector, taking total production to 30,000 tonnes a year, 10% of which will be offered to inhabitants of Métropole Européenne de Lille. Keen to return organic waste to earth and encourage short distribution channels, the Group will provide this compost free of charge at the city’s waste disposal centre.      

SUEZ will also help Métropole Européenne de Lille in integrating the facility into the local life by: 

  • ensuring effective and sustainable management of the facility’s olfactory impact with a two-fold solution that combines human intervention and cutting-edge technical equipment, 
  • informing and receiving the public, particularly through a complete overhaul of the facility’s visitor trail and educational material, providing a new visitor experience that is open to everyone.