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Contract signed for public service delegation for household and assimilated waste recovery and treatment

Patrick Bobet, President of Bordeaux Métropole and Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia, signed the contract for the delegation of the public service for the recovery and treatment of household and assimilated waste.

On July 12, the Bordeaux Métropole councilors voted to award this contract to a Veolia ("Veolia”) group company as the successful tenderer for the delegation of the public service for the recovery and treatment of household and assimilated waste for the metropolitan area for a period of seven years and 10 months effective from February 20, 2020. Veolia will be responsible for treating the waste on behalf of Bordeaux Métropole and for making the required investments in the Bègles and Cenon recovery plants and the sorting center in order to cater for the increased sorting requirements that will come into force in 2022.

Veolia will operate a fully integrated facility comprising three recovery and recycling units to meet the major challenges facing Bordeaux Métropole:

- Recovery of all of the greater metropolitan region’s waste

- Environmental performance commensurate with the best available techniques and significant upgrade of the flue gas treatment systems

- Fully transparent management of the facilities with a hyper-vision control room for all relevant data.


One of the most modern, the innovative new sorting center will combine automation and digital to assist operators. It will be able to sort all types of plastic packaging.

In response to the region's positive energy approach, the two energy recovery units will maximize the production of renewable electricity and heat. The latter will be fed into the city's heating network.

Attention will be paid to ensuring that the architecture chosen for the Bègles and Cenon sites integrates fully into its respective environment. There will be an emphasis on eco-citizenship with spaces set aside to promote recycling, reducing, upcycling and recovering waste, including urban farming areas for the neighboring residents.

This contract, worth with a cumulative €405 million over its term, concerns the treatment of waste from the greater Bordeaux’s population of 770,000 people and will cover the heating needs of the equivalent of about 34,000 residents and the electricity needs of 100,000 in line with the aims of the BM 2050 positive energy program.


Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management.  With over 171,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.  Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2018, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 56 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 49 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy.  Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext:  VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25.91 billion in 2018.


Bordeaux Métropole :

Sophie Tracou: +33 (0)6 07 83 75 17
Benoît Javot: +33 (0)6 32 55 15 80

Veolia :

Stéphane Galfré: +33 (0)6 09 78 22 63
Katia Crétois: +33 (0)6 14 55 24 98