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Cannes Film Festival: Veolia works behind the scenes and recycles 2 km of red carpet

The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes (SEMEC) has just hosted the 72nd International Film Festival. It hosts numerous events throughout the year. Veolia manages and recovers all the waste generated by the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès: red carpet, standard carpet, wood, paper and cardboard. A service to meet the venue’s high sustainable development standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 26000).


Under the glitter, the carpet! 2 km of red carpet and 56 metric tons of standard carpet are recycled

Welcoming the participants throughout the festival, 83 rolls of red carpet are needed to cover the 26,000 m2 of the Palais des Festivals. 60 meters of red carpet, replaced three times a day, in particular cover the famous 24 steps.

In 2018, 56 metric tons of used carpet with no latex underlay were sorted, shredded and converted into polypropylene granules, a secondary raw material used in plastics for the automotive industry. Veolia achieved a waste recovery rate of 93%: 1,253 metric tons of industrial waste were treated at its Valazur site, 326 metric tons of wood (category B) at its Villeneuve-Loubet site, and 93 metric tons of paper and cardboard in Nice destined for paper mills in France and across Europe. Veolia also organizes recycling channels for scrap metal and plastic films.


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Veolia has deployed skips, the number of which varies depending on the events, and a compactor adapted to the diversity of waste. 43% of the materials are sorted at source to reduce waste volumes and facilitate recycling.



Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes (SEMEC)

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