Recycling routine industrial waste


 Routine industrial waste means that the waste is not dangerous and is generated neither by households nor by the building or construction industry.
According to Ademe, in 2012, all of this waste from economic activities (industrial and tertiary) and communities represents 67 million tonnes a year.
This includes :

  • offcuts and residue from production,
  • used products and packaging,
  • materials (glass, metals, plastic, paper, cardboard, wood, etc.).
Routine industrial waste, Paprec Group


Currently, 30% of this inert and non-dangerous waste is still placed into landfill or incinerated, according to the Cercle national de recyclage (national recycling circle).
The law of energy transition for green growth aims to : 

  • reduce household waste by 10% (2020);
  • reduce waste that is placed in landfill installations by 50% (2025);
  • raise the amount of waste destined for recycling or organic recovery to 65%;
  • recycle 70% of public works waste (2020).

As such, it is essential to include all routine industrial waste in recycling lines to recover and use everything possible.

Paprec Contribution

Paprec Recyclage handles more than a million tonnes of routine industrial waste a year,and is number three in the sector in this field.
The group collects routine industrial waste from players in the food, chemicals, pharmacy, and steel industries... It also works with professionals from logistics and supermarkets. Teams from the group handle the global management of this waste, including their administrative follow-up. They guarantee optimum recycling for industries. This waste is collected then processed on the company's industrial sites.
Paprec Group is at the cutting edge of innovation in terms of recycling and waste. The group was the first in the industry to adapt the optical sorting process developed for selective collection to routine industrial waste.
In partnership with manufacturers of optical sorting equipment, the group has fine-tuned a new sorting line for routine industrial waste.
Objective: sort waste into five main families (wood, plastics, papers, cardboard and scrap metal) and reduce the amount of materials to be sent into landfills or for incineration.   
The line installed at the end of 2015 on the Paprec IDF Nord site in Blanc-Mesnil has increased the recovery rate of routine industrial waste by 10%, taking it to 70%.
This sorting line, with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes per month has been enhanced with several innovations, including an aeraulic separator for light and heavy routine industrial waste, and an optical sorter to separate wood from rubble.

Routine industrial waste, Paprec Group

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