NÎMES MÉTROPOLE Four new municipalities join SITOM Sud Gard

NÎMES MÉTROPOLE Four new municipalities join SITOM Sud Gard
NÎMES MÉTROPOLE Four new municipalities join SITOM Sud Gard

Bernis, Caissargues, Marguerittes and Milhaud have joined the Intercommunal Union for the Treatment of Household Waste (SITOM).

Since July 1, 2024, the municipalities of Bernis, Caissargues, Marguerittes and Milhaud have joined SITOM Sud Gard alongside all the municipalities of the Agglomeration. For several years, the treatment of household waste in Nîmes Métropole has been provided by two separate unions. On the one hand, SITOM Sud Gard for 35 municipalities including Nîmes and on the other hand, Sud Rhône Environnement (SRE) for the municipalities of Bernis, Caissargues, Marguerittes and Milhaud. These two unions use different methods of treating household waste: SRE uses landfill without recovery while SITOM Sud Gard incinerates its residual household waste with energy recovery for the benefit of a district heating and electricity production network.

As part of its strategy to reduce its environmental impact and control the costs associated with the management of household and similar waste, Nîmes Métropole has worked in recent months to bring all of its member municipalities under the same union (SITOM Sud Gard), particularly these four municipalities located near the incinerator, in order to both reduce the environmental impact and optimize waste recovery. It is also thanks to the reduction in household waste observed over the last two years that SITOM Sud Gard has been able to accommodate four additional municipalities from Nîmes Métropole without impacting its other members or the capacity of the incinerator. Franck Proust, President of Nîmes Métropole, and Bernard Angelras, Deputy Vice-President for the Environment and Household Waste Collection, state that “ This entry of the four municipalities into SITOM Sud Gard marks a turning point for Nîmes Métropole, which is putting an end to the burial of its household waste but also unifying, in a single union, the treatment of its waste. It is a common sense measure, for the environment but also for the good management of our waste budget.

This significant development will enable Nîmes Métropole to increase the rate of recovery of this household waste and to make savings of around €700,000 per year which will be reinvested in local equipment and services: recycling centres, composters and even a home shredding service operational from the start of the next school year for those over 70 and people with disabilities.

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