SUEZ has won the 6‐year contract for the collection of household waste, large items and voluntary drop‐off sites for the 420,000 inhabitants of Rennes Metropolitan area, worth a total of almost €80 million. SUEZ’s largest contract for household waste collection in France will start on 1 July 2017. The service will use smart trucks that enable the Rennes Métropole authorities to guarantee a quality service for the inhabitants, while reducing pollution at the same time. SUEZ, which has been the city’s collection operator since 2003, proposed a bold project featuring numerous innovations.
Improving the region’s environmental quality
In January 2018, Rennes Métropole will become the first Metropolitan area in France to use an entire fleet of collection vehicles powered by an alternative fuel: urban natural gas.
Emitting fewer pollutants – NOx emissions are between 50% and 85% lower ‐ and quieter – noise pollution will be cut by 50% ‐ SUEZ’s 42 natural gas‐powered collection trucks will contribute to improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of Rennes.
Innovations for sustainable and connected cities
Under the terms of the contract, SUEZ will deploy its smart trucks, which are the fruit of several years of research and development. Rennes Métropole will be the first local authority where two pilot units of these trucks will be deployed. New‐generation collection trucks are fitted with sensors that can measure the air quality or produce thermographic maps of the city showing the levels of energy loss of buildings. In addition to these innovations, the entire fleet is equipped with onboard information systems that collect data in real time. This data is centralised in the SUEZ Data Lab , where it is analysed in order to optimise the collection rounds and the number of pick‐ups by, for example, examining the presentation rate of collection bins, or the fill levels of drop‐off sites.