Reducing waste production and encouraging environmental responsibility

The performance contract for Greater Montauban (which consists of 11 municipalities with a total population of 100,000) aims to:

  • Reduce overall waste production in the area by 10% between 2018 and 2028, with individual targets for bulk waste (35%), green waste (15%), residual household waste (12%) and selective packaging collection (2%),
  • Create a new civic amenity centre with its own recycling facility in the north of the town. The civic amenity centre is part-funded by ADEME.
  • Promote and develop jobs and pathways into employment in the area through partnerships with local players in the social and solidarity economy
  • Preserve the environment and residents’ quality of life.

“Improving living conditions, designing the infrastructure of the future and making Greater Montauban a desirable town to live in, where everyone can find their place, while promoting local jobs and protecting our biodiversity – these are our ambitions, which have been reflected in concrete achievements and research in every area for many years. Building on all the projects we have undertaken, Greater Montauban is proud to be the first local authority in France to sign a global performance contract for waste collection.”
Thierry Deville, President of Greater Montauban.


An environmentally responsible economic model based on use rather than consumption

To achieve Greater Montauban’s performance targets, SUEZ is taking innovative, collaborative action to encourage waste prevention, reduction and reuse.

A local communication campaign focusing on waste production and living habits helps residents to adopt new behaviours to reduce the amount of waste they generate.

Anticipating 2024’s new regulations, biowaste collection is being implemented, with adaptations for different types of housing and user activities.

Low-impact collection methods are used, including biowaste collections by bicycle in the town centre.

Containers are fitted with electronic chips and collection vehicles incorporate onboard systems. The data collected can be used to adjust collection services and initiate specific actions in response to the volumes produced by users.

“Working with Greater Montauban, we are creating a new benchmark for waste management performance contracts in France. This contract breaks away from the standard waste management model. We are applying a new waste prevention model based on environmentally responsible economy of use rather than consumption, which combines service quality and performance to achieve a reduction in waste of at least 10%. Greater Montauban has brought together all the services associated with waste collection and operating civic amenity centres and a recycling facility in a single contract. The competitive dialogue established during the tendering process enabled us to design the most appropriate services for the area’s needs and its residents.”
Antoine Bousseau, Director of the SUEZ Recycling and Recovery Services for Local Authorities business unit.

Solutions designed and implemented with partners in Montauban’s social and solidarity economy

SUEZ designs innovative, collaborative solutions that combine the engineering skills of its teams with the local knowledge and expertise of local partners in the social and solidarity economy: Montauban Services, Emmaüs 82, IDDES 82, CPIE Quercy Garonne and Fondation Opteo.

Each partner works in its area of expertise on issues such as waste prevention and reduction, biowaste recovery and waste reuse.

To promote and develop jobs and pathways into employment in the area, the provision includes traineeships, civic volunteer placements and support for start-ups focusing on the circular economy.

A new model, a benchmark for France

Working in partnership with Greater Montauban, SUEZ is applying a new waste prevention model based on environmentally responsible economy of use rather than consumption, which combines service quality and performance to achieve a reduction in waste of at least 10%.

This new business model takes stakeholders into account and allocates the benefits fairly:
  • It aims to account for the impact of performance on the overall cost of waste management (beyond the contract itself)
  • It pays a bonus or applies a penalty according to whether minimum performance standards are met
  • A proportion of the bonus is allocated to the partners involved in the CPDMA

  • Management of pre-collection
  • Door-to-door collection (household waste and recycling) and voluntary drop-off sites
  • Bulk waste collection by appointment, preserving its condition
  • Waste collection at events
  • Collection of fly-tipped waste
  • Management of two civic amenity centres, north and south
  • Management of the recycling facility

Jobs and workplace integration:
44 SUEZ employees
45 direct jobs for people excluded from the workplace
in waste production by 2028 (Greater Montauban target)
Eco-responsible model
based on use rather than consumption