In 2008, experiencing a growing waste production, SYBERT and its members have decided to commit on a global plan to reduce waste production seeking alternatives to not renew its old incineration furnace. From 2012, SYBERT members set up the waste incentive bill.
The "Waste on a diet" project, which lasted for four years, ended on June, 30th 2016. It gave the SYBERT the opportunity to realise lots of different actions to reduce waste.
Thanks to the European Union support, it became possible to create a real dynamic around waste reducing and increasing recycling rate. The chosen axes were multiple :
- raising the recycling awareness of residents through education campaigns
- installing collective composters
- creating entry passes to optimize the waste management network
- setting-up the tri-massification installation...
After the end of this project, the SYBERT will handle the continuity of the started actions, especially through the second Plan Local de Prevention (a prevention program) and the "Zéro Déchet Zéro Gaspillage" territory, which will start in January, 1st 2017.
SYBERT filed in July 2011 an application to the European Union in order to fund innovative actions. Indeed, Life program is the financial instrument for environment in Europe for projects that contribute to the development and implementation of environment policies.
The LIFE “Waste on a diet” project was the result of the SYBERT’s policy based on EU waste hierarchy. SYBERT takes part in circular economy emphasizing the multi-R approach: reduce waste, reuse and recycle to close the loop.
The project entitled "Waste on a diet" was based on two key elements:
To seek alternatives to not renew the two old incineration furnaces;
To set up the waste incentive bill (depending on weight or volume basis) on the SYBERT area.
On 17 September 2012, the grant agreement was signed by the EU, amounting to € 1,7 million, for a total of € 7,2 million. The project "Waste on a diet" was spread over the SYBERT area: 198 towns with 1500 km2. There are about 230,000 inhabitants.
"Waste on a diet" is number LIFE11 ENV/FR/000751.