Charente: these municipalities impose transparent trash bags to encourage selective sorting

Charente: these municipalities impose transparent trash bags to encourage selective sorting
Charente: these municipalities impose transparent trash bags to encourage selective sorting

Municipalities in Charente have chosen to impose the use of trash bags to check whether what is there has been properly sorted.

The TF1 news reporter went there to discover this initiative.

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From now on, on the tour of the garbage collectors Grégory and William, there are only transparent garbage bags. In a few months, everything has changed for the inhabitants of the Communauté de Communes du Rouillacais, located in the north of Charente. In the past, black bags were collected once a week, with no weight limits. Today, transparent bags are collected every two weeks, with the obligation to sort them.

Grégory explains that he and his colleagues opposed “stickers on the trash cans” which informed individuals that their waste would no longer be collected if sorting was not carried out correctly. “People understood the principle very well”continues this collection officer.

Agnès had no trouble getting started, and sorts what is recyclable. It also has a composter and chickens. From then on, there is almost nothing left in his transparent bag. “I think this is good”she said of the municipality’s initiative.

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Designed by the joint waste collection union, the transparent bag had a direct effect: 40% less waste to bury and 20% more recyclable waste. “There was a reversal that took place. People, through the transparent bag, began to value better, to sort better”explains Christian Vingaud, president of the Rouillacais community (Charente).

And Alexia Badin, communications manager at Calitom, adds: “The objective is to have only residual waste, that is to say that the bio-waste will have been composted, everything that should go in the yellow bags (packaging and recyclable paper) will have found the way to the sorting center.”

From now on, the inhabitants of the Rouillac community produce half as much final waste as the average French person. As a result, 100,000 euros in savings this year for the community.


The editorial staff of TF1info | TF1 report: E. Braem, C. Brousseau

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