• The metropolis of Rennes is launching a vast plan to reduce its waste by mobilizing its inhabitants.

  • A compost bucket will be distributed to all households and collective compost areas will be set up, as well as a collection of this bio-waste.

  • The metropolis will also make residents aware of reuse and bulk.

This won't be new to everyone.

But for some, the arrival of a new trash can will undoubtedly be a small revolution.

Five years after extending its selective sorting instructions, Rennes Métropole wishes to encourage its inhabitants to generate less household waste by introducing a bin dedicated to bio-waste.

Within one to two years, each household in the metropolis will have a small bucket to receive food waste which will then be composted.

“It's a new garbage can that will arrive.

But we will accompany the inhabitants.

Each household will receive a visit from a waste mediator who will help them adopt the right actions,” promises Laurent Hamon.

The “new bin” mentioned by the vice-president of Rennes Métropole in charge of waste is neither more nor less than a small composter.

A banal system for all those who garden a little and appreciate this organic matter inhabited by thousands of earthworms.

But much less known to those who live in apartments.

In addition to providing a bucket to the inhabitants, the metropolis will have to multiply the presence of composters at the foot of the buildings to evacuate the peelings of fruits, vegetables or food scraps (apart from meat and fish).

The metropolis currently has 500 collective areas.

It plans to multiply this number “by three or four” in the years to come.

And where it is impossible?

"We will set up common containers which will be emptied during a collection dedicated to bio-waste",

For the occupants of a pavilion with a garden who would like an individual composter, the community also aims to accelerate.

While it distributes 2,000 composters free of charge per year, the metropolis hopes to provide 4,000 from 2024.

These strong choices are part of a set of measures intended to reduce the amount of household waste by 12% by 2030. A real challenge in a context of continuous demographic growth which sees thousands of new families settling every year.

Especially when you know that the metropolis is already one of the most “virtuous” in terms of waste, but that it only managed to reduce its quantity of household waste by 4% from 2009 to 2019. “We must change our vision on waste and see it as a resource", recalls the ecologist Laurent Hamon.

To achieve this, the community will multiply the actions.

In addition to the new trash can, it intends to distribute a bulk kit and relaunch the deposit, equip all its recycling centers with reuse workshops and train residents to use green waste in their own garden via mulching or grinding.

Recycling centers in mainland France will soon be equipped with access control terminals that can be used via the Korrigo card, but will remain (for now) free and without restrictions.

“We first want to know the habits of the inhabitants, the flows”.

However, the community has given up setting up the incentive fee, hoping that French legislation will evolve so that it can be applied to collective housing.


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