The SB&WRC project is part of the Programme Interreg VA France (Channel) England and benefits from financial support from the ERDF.
In France, a French industry for the management of furnishing items waste (Déchets d’Eléments d’Ameublement in French - DEA) has been organised since 2013, following the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
As a reminder, "furnishing items" include the following elements:
Two French eco-organizations, "ÉcoMobilier" and "Valdélia", are approved until 31 December 2023 by the public authorities according to the provisions of a new decree published on the 27th of November 2017, to provide for prevention, collection and DEAs treatment.
The objectives are as following (according to Decree No. 2017-1607 of the 27th of November 2017 and the Order of the 27th of November 2017):
Every year, nearly 860,000 tonnes of DEAs are collected, 80% of which are given a second life through reuse, recycling or energy recovery.
In order to participate in the increase of recycling rates and in particular to reach the additional 10% of reuse rate, recycling or energy recovery, VEOLIA has been involved for years in research projects such as:
VEOLIA is also involved, at an operational level, in the used bedding management through the dismantling unit of used mattress based in Rennes since 2015, in partnership with Envie 2E Recyclage Bretagne.
VEOLIA uses its experience to participate in various operational studies related to the implementation of a collection system for certain furniture items such as used duvets and pillows.
These various experiments lead the different actors from recycling sectors to ask questions and anticipate some issues for the establishment of new streams. More particularly regarding upholstered bedding items (duvets, pillows...), it is necessary to engage in reflections
VEOLIA remains an active player engaged in these topics of furniture items waste recycling and collection. The Group is constantly aware of the challenges that have to be taken during the next few years.
Article written by VEOLIA, SB&WRC project partner
Last updated on the 29-05-2019 by Alexia ROBIN