Veolia aims to recover 100% of the waste from the Palais des Festivals in Cannes

In 2015, the Palais des Festivals et Congrès in Cannes (SEMEC), which throughout the year hosts many events including the prestigious International Film Festival, entrusted Veolia with the management of its annual 1,500 tonnes of waste for a period of 3 years. The objective is to achieve a 100% recovery rate.

The Palais des Festivals et Congrès, which has four different certifications (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 26000), sets high sustainable development standards. Responsible for managing all the waste produced by the Palais, in 2016 Veolia achieved a recovery rate of 93%, which is higher than that set under France’s “Grenelle de l'Environnement” legislation (75%). In order to achieve the objective of a 100% waste recovery rate, the Group provides the Palais des Festivals with a number of skips that varies depending on the event, as well as a compactor available 24/7 which can be adapted to the activities at the Palais and the diversity of waste generated.
Veolia helps to improve waste sorting and reduce the volume of waste. The Group improves recycling by using carpets without underlay, recovers bio-waste from the food spaces, and organizes new recycling channels for scrap and plastic film.

Recycling 100% of the Cannes International Film Festival red carpet 

Every year in its Carros sorting centre near Nice, Veolia handles 76 metric tons of used carpet - including the famous red carpet. It is shredded and transformed into polypropylene granules which are then re-used by the plastics industry, for example in the manufacture of car bumpers and dashboards. 

Waste management figures for the Palais des Festivals in (2016):

1,780 metric tons of waste processed annually
1,179 metric tons of industrial waste recycled in the Veolia plant in Valazur
365 metric tons of wood (category B) recycled at Villeuneuve-Loubet and then sent to Italy
112 metrics tons of paper and cardboard sorted on the Carros sorting platform to supply the paper industry in France and Europe.


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