The open dump in the Yvelines will be evacuated - Philippe LOPEZ / AFP
- 38,000 m3 of waste has been piled up in three towns in the Yvelines - Carrières-sous-Poissy, Triel-sur-Seine and Chanteloup-les-Vignes - for almost 20 years.
- The clearance work was kicked off on Thursday.
- A call for projects conditional on cleaning the site was launched.
Rubble, sinks, tiles and tires as far as the eye can see. For 20 years, nearly 38,000 m³ of waste has been illegally piled up on a vast wasteland on horseback between Carrières-sous-Poissy, Triel-sur-Seine and Chanteloup-les-Vignes, in the Yvelines, transforming these former lands of market gardening in a huge open dump. Thursday, the kick-off of the site cleaning was given by the DVD mayor of Carrière-sous-Poissy, Christophe Delrieu. "This launch of operations is already the culmination of four years of work," said the elected official. Just knowing how many m³ of waste was on this wasteland and what kind it was was the subject of six months of diagnosis. "
Since 2015, four municipal decrees have also been issued to dismantle the illegal camps set up on this “sea of waste” and whose occupants are suspected of having largely fed this landfill. "We are confident even if we are wary of the effects of the announcement," says Alban Bernard, president of the Collectif Déchargeons la plaine. We wait to see the excavators to really believe it. However, it will take several weeks before the site takes shape: the first step is to secure the area. Already prohibited to the public, the main drop-off location is about to be completely fenced and will be monitored both day and night.
A first essential cleaning
Once this stage is completed, a first cleaning, consisting of evacuating roads and paths to facilitate access to the area, will be started. A mobile sorting unit will allow specialized technicians to sort the waste before it is sent to appropriate treatment centers. “This stage will be an opportunity for significant training work with beneficiaries of the department's RSA. They will be trained to be in the sorting booths, ”specifies the councilor of Carrières-sous-Poissy. This clean-up could begin by the end of February, which should last several months.
The rest of the work is conditioned on the future of these approximately 330 hectares of land. "So that it does not cost taxpayers money, we have launched a call for projects which will be conditional on cleaning the site," said the councilor. Clearly: companies wishing to operate this site must first clean it up. In addition to clearing, these agricultural lands, which belong to nearly 300 owners, must be subject to lead clean-up, detected before the landfill is even installed. The total cost of this rehabilitation, estimated at nearly three million euros, should therefore be entirely assumed by private actors.
What will become of these lands?
If the area is not buildable - therefore impossible to see a large building complex or an industrial area set up there - the initiatives proposed can take on different aspects: agricultural, leisure or environmental. The choice, ensures Christophe Delrieu, should be stopped at the latest this summer. If no date has been set for the end of the cleaning work, the elected official is optimistic. “These are companies that are in contact with waste management specialists, so the work will go very quickly. In the space of a year and a half and two years, the space will be completely redesigned. "
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