Transform your waste into high quality secondary raw materials

SUEZ expertise in recycling offers means that the process includes efficient internal channels and in-house industrial recycling plants, along with secure, qualified external channels. We also develop partnerships with recycling firms to deliver high-quality secondary raw materials which satisfy the growing requirements of the market.

Plastic recovery

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.

Revovering biowaste as compost

Composed of food waste, plant waste, leaves, paper and card, biowaste is biodegradable waste generated by many economic actors in your region: inhabitants, supermarkets and retail outlets, food and beverage providers, agricultural industry. 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.

Recovering glass

The main benefit of glass is that it is infinitely 100% recyclable without loss of quality. 

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.).

Recovering wood and pallets

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

Paper and card recycling

Paper and cardboard waste includes card packaging from major producers (retail, pharmacies, industrial firms), office papers and packaging obtained through selective collection from household and business consumers. 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.

Recycling ferrous and non-ferrous metals

Sources of ferrous and non-ferrous metals can mainly be found in the demolition sector, production waste and the dismantling of complex end-of-life products (cars, planes, boats 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.