Organic waste recovery

Organic waste recovery challenge

Get the best from waste organic components and methanogenic value.

1) Turning organics into a source of green energy

With its high methanogenic value, organic waste can significantly contribute to green energy production (heat, electricity or gas-to-grid) thanks to Anaerobic Digestion technologies.

2) Restoring natural capital as soil fertilizer

Applying compost on top-soil is one of the best solution to revitalize soils. Compost reduces the need for chemical fertilizers, promotes higher yields of agricultural crops and can help reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts.


3) Positively impacting climate change

Compost contributes to carbon sequestration. According to the 4 per 1,000 initiative, an annual growth rate of 0.4% in the soil carbon stocks would halt the increase in the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere related to human activities.

Veolia's solutions for organic waste recovery

Reliable services to local authorities, retailers, hotels, restaurants and F&B industrials that ensure full environmental performance.

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Dedicated solutions for organic waste recovery

Veolia has developed an extended expertise on all biological treatment technologies and recovers over 3 million tons of organic waste each year.

Anaerobic digestion (AD) wet or dry
Energy recovery (Heat, electricity, gas-to-grid)

Biological process that transforms, in the absence of oxygen, organic matter into biogas (rich in methane and CO2), and into a solid or pasty residue, called digestate. Rich in non- degraded organics and minerals, the digestate can undergo another stage of treatment, depending on local regulations, to be recovered.
This is a continuous process.


Physical and biological process which allows washing (leaching) of soluble organic matter contained in the waste by recirculation of leachate. This process operates in batch. At the end of the process, solid matter can be treated by composting or biodrying, depending on the expected final recovery (compost or SRF respectively). The liquid fraction will be treated by wet AD.

Stabilization or energy recovery (RDF/SRF)

Physical process that removes humidity from biodegradable waste, by ventilation (that may be heated), to produce a Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) which will be recovered as energy.

Material recovery

Biological process that transforms, with the presence of oxygen, the organic matter into a stabilized and sanitized product, rich in humic compounds, called compost. This reaction generates heat and CO2. Compost is an organic soil fertilizer.

Our added value


We transform biowaste/coproducts into proteins for animal feed thanks to insect farming (Black Soldier Fly) to create high value by-products.


Our QualiagroTM 20 years research program on composting with the French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) is an unparalleled knowledge base on the agronomic value of composts and their positive impact on the environment.


METHA-DataTM is a web application which provides online access to characteristics, composition parameters and methane potential of organic waste. A key tool to determine the best recipe of organic waste to optimize Anaerobic Digestion process.


Developed in partnership with INRA (French National Institute for Agronomic Research) CARBO PROTM, is a decision making tool to define spreading scenarios for residual organic products and their impact in carbon stocks in soil over time.

SOIL ADVISORTM is a smart application to help farmers to optimize fertilization using organic fertilizers such as compost.


With AEROcontrolTM, we measure the temperature and automatically adapt the air flow rate to achieve optimal biological degradation conditions and improve the quality of the compost produced.


Our internal blended training program VALOBIOTM, created in 2002, shares the expertise on biological treatment across all our teams in every country to ensure operational and environmental performance.


Our references in the organic waste recovery

Veolia Veolia is the leading provider of environmental services for organic waste recovery

With a strong experience all across the organic waste value chain, from collection to recovery and land spreading. Operating in 8 countries more than 120 Composting and Anaerobic Digestion sites using different technologies.

Veolia is recognized globally as a leading R&D actor with our QualiagroTM 20 years research program on composting as well as partnerships with major institutes such as the French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) or Agro-Paritech.

Veolia facilities are equiped with detection and fire protection systems in accordance with NFPA rules (US National Fire Protection Association). Based on high quality and certified products, Veolia developed dedicated compost and fertilizer brands such as ProGrow, Vital and ADS.



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