We turn waste into materials

Around the world, natural resources are running out. Veolia uses waste to produce new resources and contribute to a circular economy.
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We turn waste into materials

Around the world, natural resources are running out. Veolia uses waste to produce new resources and contribute to a circular economy.
Palladium
Gas
Gold
Oil
Lithium
Copper
Manganèse
Oil
Iron
Silver
Oil
Gas
Terres rares
Rare-earth elements
Cadmium
Lithium
Iron
Oil
Gas

Natural resources are
running out

Year
2014

Gold
Nickel
Gas
Rare-earth elements
Oil
Gold
Lithium
Indium
Rare-earth elements
Tungsten
Iron
Oil
Rare-earth elements
Silver
Oil
Gas
Lithium
Iron
Oil

They are used to making all of the products we use

Yet our appetite is growing

We produce 4 billion metric tons of waste every year

and we only recycle one billion of it.

If properly recycled, this waste can be a valuable resource

It can provide a new source of energy and materials

The circular economy: a new industrial revolution is underway

In a conventional economy, everything is linear, from cradle to grave: extraction, production and disposal.

In the circular economy, consumption patterns are designed to mirror the cyclical approach of natural ecosystems.

Once used, all goods provide by-products that can be reused in other manufacturing processes, creating a virtuous cycle more in tune with the environment.
 
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Veolia recycles televisions and cell phones in Angers, France

Instead of being tossed in the garbage, these consumer goods are disassembled and used to provide new resources, such as high-quality polymers (plastics) suitable for use as secondary raw materials to create new products, like these bathroom scales made by a leading French manufacturer of household appliances.
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Rostock recycles 1 billion plastic bottles every year

Every year, more than 200 billion plastic bottles are made worldwide for juice, soda, household cleaning products and a whole range of other uses. Veolia’s treatment and recycling facility in port of Rostock, northern Germany, recycles 1 billion plastic bottles a year.
That is the equivalent of saving at least 28,000 liters of crude oil.