What kind of spaces for biowaste in the metropolis?

Laying the foundations for an optimised system for managing and treating biowaste in a carbon neutral metropolis.

Gare de Reuilly neighbourhood composter, Paris 12th district © Apur

This biowaste assessment study will be carried out within the framework of Apur’s 2018 - 2019 partnership work programme. It is a continuation of the work done on the Atlas of Key Metropolitan Functions and aims to give shape to an optimised system for managing and treating biowaste as part of the effort to achieve carbon neutrality. It will be conducted in close collaboration with the sector key players, including the Inter-communal Syndicate for the Treatment of Household Waste (Syctom). They will contribute their knowledge of current and future systems of biowaste management and treatment in their territory; for its part, Apur will contribute its knowledge concerning building typology, territorial networks and transformation processes in the territory as well as information about likely sites and locations.

A study undertaken in 2 stages:

The first part of the work will present the state of play of existing systems and actions undertaken in all the Metropolitan territories to date: individual and collective composting, existence of separate collections for different kinds of producers of waste (large producers, households) based on the facts known by the sector key players.

Planned measures known about but not yet implemented will be included in the analysis. An analysis of the various measures already in place will reveal their potential as well as their limitations.

The second part of the study will aim to establish the foundations of an optimised biowaste management system by 2050. To this end, scenarios will be outlined describing how the spatial features might evolve, with the objective of creating a legal framework and also taking into account the trends illustrated by the information gathered in the first study, as well as scenarios envisaging how production of this waste might evolve, at the forefront of which is the Inter-communal Syndicate for the Treatment of Household Waste (Syctom), together with the limitations and potential of the constituent fabric. For example, the proposal for generalised, local management in residential districts (individual composting or methanisation), collective management sites near public transport, etc.

The timing of the two phases is as follows:

- first section in October 2018

- second section in December 2018

If you are working on this subject and would like to be associated with this publication, please get in touch, the teams in charge of this study will get back to you without fail.

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