At the time of renewing the waste collection and treatment contract, SUEZ proposed a global approach in which Covaldem would be responsible for the organisation, consistency and overall quality of the service. Based on a shared governance approach with citizen involvement, this partnership is innovative on more than one level.
Unique, shared governance
A company manages the contract. Elected officials and stakeholders sit alongside SUEZ on the management board to ensure cooperative management. Representatives from local authorities and citizens meet in themed, forward-looking work groups to ensure cooperative governance.
A win-win situation in economic terms
SUEZ is remunerated in line with the achievement of objectives set by the municipal bodies. An efficient, neutral and simple calculation method was identified to ensure the process is equitable. If the objectives are met, savings are shared equitably between the municipal authorities and SUEZ.
Foster citizen involvement
Awareness campaigns and educational tools encourage local residents to actively adopt sorting and collection approaches.
- A new concept of connected recycling centre, baptised Recydrive, will be built in Carcassonne. Based on a mobile phone application, this new concept orients users on arrival at the recycling centre and provides assistance with sorting.
- A recycling and reuse centre will be located across the road, creating a place for the exchange, repair, reuse and resale of items at modest prices.
A secure long-term partnership
SUEZ and the municipal authorities committed to long-term waste recovery objectives. At the end of this 19-year contract, SUEZ will ramp up material and energy recovery practices by reducing the quantity of waste earmarked for landfill, to reach an overall recovery rate of 75% starting in 2020.