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Citizens release a Plan B to avoid the 2 billions euros reconstruction of Paris biggest incinerator

  • 2015. szeptember 01. 02:00
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Paris, Sept. 8, 2015 - Citizens released today their Plan B’OM to avoid the costly reconstruction of Paris oldest incinérateur “Ivry-Paris13”. The reconstruction project has been discussed and contested for 10 years, and these inhabitants are now proposing a sustainable, realistic and tangible alternative. Moreover, Plan B’OM would create 50% more jobs and preserve natural resources, which are highly valuable for the national economy.

Facing an outdated project…

The current incinerator is located in between the municipality of Ivry and Paris and will soon reach the end of its life. The public agency in charge of waste treatment for 84 municipalities including Paris is planning on reconstructing a new incinerator by 2023 and adding a second plant (MBT treatment with anaerobic digestion) by 2026. The global cost of this gigantic operation would be 2 billions euros, taxes included.

Flore Berlingen, director of Zero Waste France, who has been co-leading the writing of Plan B’OM explains :“At a time when waste production has been decreasing for 10 years in this area, when a major law has just been passed that will make it decrease even further, and when the COP21 is going to take place in Paris in a few months, the reconstruction project simply appears completely obsolete”.

… Plan B’OM urges for a Zero Waste strategy,

Building upon a meticulous analysis of the area’s waste streams and the reporting of many available and proven alternatives from France or other European major cities, Plan B’OM proposes 3 work areas and 12 specific actions. The budget for these actions would be maximum 200 millions euros and they would create +700 new jobs. Priorities are: organic waste separate collection, reduction and recycling of paper and cardboards, and more generally the improvement of waste sorting.

Addressing these priorities would not only allow to avoid reconstructing the one or two plants that are planned, but also to completely stop sending any household residual waste to landfill in the area.

Heat production, costs and job creation are also taken into account in the Plan B’OM, which shows the extraordinary potential of the Zero Waste solutions for local development.

To foster a constructive and collective move

Zero Waste France, Collectif 3R and Arivem will be leading and supporting citizen engagement for Plan B’OM. They aim at provoking a rapid move, so that the alternatives can be applied as soon as possible. “We are enjoining citizens to learn more about this outdated and expensive project that will deteriorate even more their close environment. It is still time to change direction to avoid wasting too much public money” says Anne Connan, co-president of Collectif 3R.

The NGOs are calling a national meeting on October 10th in Paris. Citizens can express their support for Plan B’OM online at

Source: Zero Waste France