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A public service mission

EveRé, a subsidiary of the Spanish Urbaser group, is an integrated household waste Treatment Centre that was commissioned in the Fos-sur-Mer industrial area (Bouches-du-Rhône). As an industrial stakeholder specialising in waste recovery, EveRé performs with full transparency a public service mission entrusted by Marseille Provence Métropole (now part of the Aix-Marseille Provence Metropole) in the context of a public service delegation contract signed for a 20-year period, with the requirement for regulatory and environmental compliance.

This site is the result of many years of consideration and studies conducted by Marseille Provence Métropole to optimise the waste treatment of the 18 towns and cities in the current Territorial Council (replacing the previous management mode, i.e. landfilling at the Entressen site).

A strategic location

The Fos-sur-Mer industrial area was not chosen randomly. In addition to the space available on the GPMM (Grand Port Maritime de Marseille) land, which enabled EveRé to build France’s first integrated treatment complex, this industrial area offers three decisive assets:

    • Its connection to the rail network allows a very large amount (90%) of waste to be conveyed by train.
    • This eco-responsible mode of transport keeps nearly 20,000 trucks per year off our roads.
    • The many industrial projects in the Fos area can facilitate interactions between companies, in particular insertion of resources generated by EveRé’s activities (electricity, steam, biogas, etc.) into the energy circuit
    • The distance of urban areas ( more than 3 km away) guarantees the absence of nuisances for local populations.

A territory of more than one million inhabitants and a natural environment to protect

This Centre currently manages the household waste falling within the scope of the Marseille Provence Territorial Council, i.e. 18 towns and cities: Allauch, Carnoux-en-Provence, Carry-le-Rouet, Cassis, Ceyreste, Châteauneuf-les-Martigues, Ensuès-la-Redonne, Gémenos, Gignac-la-Nerthe, La Ciotat, Le Rove, Marignane, Marseille, Plan-de-Cuques, Roquefort-la-Bédoule, Saint-Victoret, Sausset-les-Pins, Septèmes- les-Vallons.
This grouping of towns and cities encompasses more than one million inhabitants.

A territory enriched by its specificities, its inhabitants, its economy, but mostly by its varied nature and biodiversity. A common resource that we must preserve for future generations. The responsible and environmentally friendly waste treatment on the territory represents a major challenge

From waste treatment to material, organic and energy recovery

This innovative site is the first in France to combine 3 different recovery techniques: sorting, organic recovery and energy recovery.

Thus, each year the site processes the 400,000 tonnes of household waste produced by the million inhabitants of the Marseille Provence Territory.
More than 90% of incoming waste is recovered (as energy, recyclable materials, compost and bottom ashes), thus limiting landfilling operations to less than 10% of waste received, i.e. the so-called truly “ultimate” fraction.

To achieve this record level of 90% recovery, the Centre makes use of the best available techniques.. The continuous investment in these recovery techniques is part of a natural resource and circular economy approach at the core of EveRé’s philosophy from its inception.

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