The geographical expansion and the introduction of sorting guidelines has increased the facilities processing volume and qualities achieved.
In addition to the volume increase, the sorting centre was also exposed to a significant modification in the composition of incoming flows.
Since Charente-Maritime is sea-facing, it experiences seasonal tourism flows which generate consumption peaks of water and fizzy drinks. This, in turn, results in used packaging being found in waste bins (hollow body plastics) and that the sorting plant including the TOMRA machines have to be readjusted on a regular basis.
“In 2015, we signed a preventive and corrective maintenance contract with TOMRA, which includes 4 visits of TOMRA technicians a year. Each visits takes about 2-3 day during which audits, maintenance and recalibration work, trainings of the maintenance team on-site as well as various modifications are carried out to constantly optimize the machines”, explains Emmanuel Andrieux, Maintenance Manager at the sorting centre.
About Calitom, Charente’s public waste service.
Calitom treats domestic and similar waste that is collected across the Department of Charente and runs its own treatment units managed by them, giving it a certain level of autonomy. Moreover, it is also a service provider on behalf of public clients outside of the Department and for private companies.
Calitom is administered by delegates elected by each of the Syndicate's member communities. These members meet at the Syndicate Committee, which is responsible for voting on the budget, approving tariffs and defining the articles of association. In parallel to the governance aspects, resources have been implemented to ensure the transparency of information and agreements in relation to users.
251,017 Tonnes of waste treated in 2019 by Calitom
42,735 Tonnes of waste treated by Calitom on behalf of private companies or external public bodies (non-recoverable industrial waste)
57.3% of tonnage recovered and treated
To find out more, consult the Activity Report: rapport-activite.pdf