As a key player in the circular economy and expert in the recovery of all forms of waste, SUEZ assists local authorities across the whole value chain through the phases of collection, sorting and recovery, through to resale. Ever-increasingly innovative solutions are implemented to transform waste into secondary raw materials or renewable energy, enabling local authorities to lead efforts to secure sustainable development and benefit from new revenue sources in their region.
Contribute to the environmental and energy transition of your local region
Generate value from the potential of your local waste
We manage the whole waste recovery chain to ensure efficient recycling and reuse, while delivering support for the resulting sale.
How to turn your waste into a local source of renewable energy?
We transform residual waste into electricity and heat to help meet the energy needs of local industrial and household consumers.
This energy production puts you at the centre of the energy transition process, providing multiple benefits such as:
- energy self-sufficiency for a treatment plant,
- reduced energy bills for local buildings (hospitals, administration buildings, etc.),
- deliver heat to urban heating networks,
- boost the portion of renewable energy in your local energy mix, whether through public or private heating networks.
We implement a diverse range of processes to transform all types of residual waste into energy:
Waste to energy:
The heat produced by the combustion of non-hazardous waste heats up a water circuit which in turn, drives turbines and generates electricity and/or heat,
Treatment and incineration of hazardous waste in special flues at the heart of chemical plants to supply energy as steam to industrial customers.
Production of substitute fuels: waste is treated to obtain substitute liquid and/or solid fuels with a high calorific value (CLS, CSS).
Cogeneration enables the production of both types of energy simultaneously. The CHP+® process developed by SUEZ enables the recovery of residual heat generated by waste combustion and its use in local activities.
When buried, the fermentation of certain waste generates biogas. This can be used as a valuable contribution to local energy mixes.
We propose biogas recovery methods specifically suited to local contexts: natural gas transport or distribution networks nearby, local energy needs (residential, public buildings, tertiary, industrial), presence of LNG refuelling stations, etc.
We deliver end-to-end support on your project: design and engineering, selection and dimensioning of channels, construction of biogas units, operation and through-life optimisation of facilities.
We also propose an anaerobic digestion service, mixing together organic household waste with waste from business activities and agriculture. Methane offers a calorific value 25 higher than CO2. Once captured and recovered, the methane is injected into urban and industrial supply networks to replace natural gas.
How to transform your waste into high quality secondary raw materials?
In 50 years, the use of plastic has increased twenty-fold, and certain consumer products contain more than 50 different plastic resins. So recycling them poses a technical challenge.
As a key player in plastics recycling, SUEZ is an expert in all plastic recycling techniques for bottles, containers, plastic films, technical industrial plastics etc., even the most complex techniques need to recycle food-grade plastics.
Our solutions cover the whole value chain to produce secondary raw materials to satisfy the highest standards:
- Collection and sorting: waste is collected using suitable containers then rigorously sorted using leading-edge technologies (separation of dense plastics, coloured or transparent plastics) for recovery as high-quality recycled raw materials.
- Recovery: through milling, shredding and micronisation techniques, plastic waste is transformed into granules or powders that can be directly used by industrial producers. These products are packaged and redirected to channels that will offer them a second life.
Mechanical biological treatment (MBT) is used to separate fermentable waste fractions. The matter obtained is then composted, transforming the organic waste into humus that can be used to fertilise soil and gardens.
Biowaste offers many benefits, amongst them an important contribution to reducing the use of chemical fertiliser.
Our expertise in recycling all types of glass enables us to deliver custom solutions for industrial firms, with a quality of recycled glass making it directly usable.
We use the only automated optical sorting technology in the world that can sort four distinct colours of glass: colourless, green, amber and russet.
Other recycling channels are expanding with crushing and sieving operations to produce glass powder for use in many applications (paints, materials, tiles, roof tiles) or to create new materials (insulating glass foam or expanded glass balls, etc.).
Wood waste is generated in all activities of the wood industry, from forestry operations to the manufacture of packaging materials such as pallets.
Wood containing no chemical products can be burned in private or communal boiler plants. Non-reusable pallets are crushed to make chips that can be used in chipboard or heating pellets, while reusable pallets are repaired and returned to service.
We offer a wide range of products:
- Wood waste to energy: wood chips are used to supply biomass boiler plants operated by local authorities or industrial firms.
- Material recovery of process wood: wood chips and sawdust are used to manufacture new products such as wall panels, furniture panels, building structures, etc.
- Biological recovery of agronomic wood: chips, rough fresh bark, composted bark, tree trunks are recycled as compost, used for agriculture, horticulture or vegetable crops
- Pallet reuse: rough pallet waste is delivered in homogenate form without contaminants or metal for recycling. It can be used to manufacture chipboard, to supply wood-burning boiler plants, etc
We deliver our services across the whole value chain: collection, sorting, material recovery and marketing.
We supply cardboard and paper makers to make multiple types of products: paper pulp for newspapers, printing, office paper, etc.
After analysis of their components to detect copper, steel, aluminium, stainless steel, etc. they are compacted, shredded, sheared or fragmented and separated before being sent to steel plants, refineries and foundries as secondary raw materials.
How to sell raw materials?
Secondary raw materials are traded as goods on local, national, European and even international marketplaces.
We manage all phases of production through to the sale of your new materials:
- Manufacture and qualification of high quality materials corresponding to the requirements of industrial users.
- Identification of uses and orientation of materials to appropriate channels
- Sales and relationship management with buyers, overseeing all regulatory, financial, technical and logistics aspects.
- Traceability of all streams through reporting on a dedicated, continually accessible web platform for the local authority.
To support our local authority and business clients, we established SUEZ Trading, a dedicated entity operated by a team of 40 experts, specialising in the sale of recycled raw materials.
We oversee all regulatory, technical, financial and logistic aspects concerning the materials collected, sorted and packaged by our SUEZ sorting centres or those of other operators.
With X 000 (tbc) transactions each month, SUEZ Trading is a benchmark partner for local authorities and businesses in Europe.
They trust us
We work closely with our customers to define the best solutions together.
Supporting you throughout the waste cycle
From environmental engineering to facility management, we bring you our expertise to carry out your projects: