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According to a press release by Veolia on its website, Greater Nantes and Carène have renewed their trust in Veolia for the management of the Couëron (France) Waste Treatment and Recovery Center. Under this new contract, tied in with the French law on the energy transition, every year 185,000 metric tons of waste will be recovered in the form of energy in the Couëron Waste Treatment and Recovery Center. Consequently 30,000 MWh of electricity and 75,000 MWh of heat will be produced. The heat from waste recovery will supply steam to the Nantes district heating network, as well as to an industrial site. The new contract will begin on 1 March 2019, for a period of 15 years.
Veolia has been operating the Couëron CTVD since 1994. The site’s 90 employees are involved in energy recovery from household waste, sorting selective collection, and the treatment of unsorted waste from drop-off centers.
The energy recovery unit recovers 98% of the household waste as energy, backfill, ferrous and non-ferrous materials and road sub-base.
The selective collection sorting center will recover 100% of the 45,000 tonnes of waste from selective household collection. 96% will be recovered as materials for recycling specialists and 4% as energy.