• The Rennes metropolitan area voted in favor of an increase in the household waste collection tax on Thursday evening.

  • After falling twice, the tax must be raised to deal with the temporary shutdown of the Villejean incinerator, under construction.

  • Each household in the metropolis will pay an average of 20 euros more per year, even if disparities exist between the 43 municipalities.

It had not increased for more than ten years.

It is even the only tax that had fallen, and twice, to salute the "virtuous behavior of the inhabitants" of the Rennes metropolis, who are among the most exemplary French people in waste sorting.

But the reality of 2010 is not that of 2022. In Rennes, the household waste collection tax (TEOM) will soon increase for the 450,000 inhabitants of the metropolis.

Meeting in council Thursday evening, the elected officials of the agglomeration adopted the revaluation of the rate from 5.7 to 7.5%, an increase of 1.8 points.

“We tried to do as much as possible.

We are still below what it was more than ten years ago (8.4%)”, defends Laurent Hamon.

To justify this increase, the vice-president responsible for waste relies on a double observation.

First of all, the explosion in the cost of energy and in particular that of the gas which supplies the trucks ensuring the collection of garbage cans on a daily basis.

But above all the shutdown of the Villejean energy recovery plant which will take effect on April 1 for a colossal eighteen-month renovation project.

Investment amount: 135 million euros!

“It is an exceptional expense that requires us to borrow for twenty-five years.

But it is also the diversion of our garbage that will cost us dearly”.

For eighteen months, the metropolis will "export" its household waste by truck elsewhere in Brittany and in the bordering regions.

80% of the mass will be incinerated but 20% must be buried.

The shutdown of the Villejean plant also constitutes a shortfall for the metropolis, which heats a large part of the district with its incinerator.

The overall additional cost is estimated at 28 million euros.

To deal with it, the community had no choice but to increase its fee, indexed to the surface area of ​​the accommodation, like the property tax.

All households will therefore see their bill increase this year.

On average, we are talking about an increase of 20 euros per year and per household, or about 130 euros for tenants and owners of a house.

The increase will be greater for those who occupy a house in Rennes (+40 euros) than those in small towns such as Le Verger or Miniac-sous-Bécherel.

"Even by increasing our TEOM, we remain below the national average (8.5%)", tempers the metropolis.

An increase that will be hard to swallow for residents, already faced with soaring energy and fuel costs.

But which became inevitable given the investments to be made.


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A significant drop still to be accentuated

From 2010 to 2019, the inhabitants of the metropolis reduced the weight of their household waste bin by 4% to 469 kilos, in particular thanks to the extension of selective sorting instructions.

The new objective is even more ambitious with an expected drop of 12% by 2030 thanks to a lot of communication work, reuse and the arrival of composting in all households, even in apartments.

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