Toulouse Métropole is developing the circular economy in the metropolitan area. The aim is to optimise resources and recover waste from the building and public works sector on a local and regional scale.
To date, Synéthic and Toulouse Métropole have identified the first 8 experimental sites, which will be the baseline for the 50 sites where waste will be recycled over the next 5 years.
In September 2021, Toulouse Métropole has launched the successful LIFE Waste2Build project, submitted in the call for proposal of the Life programme. The aim is to build a sustainable economy to meet the social, economic and environmental challenges of today and tomorrow.
Objectives of the project
The project follows the experimental deconstruction of the Toulouse Exhibition Centre.
Life Waste2Build relies on public procurement (public works contracts) to develop the use of second life materials in construction, renovation or landscaping. The first step is to list the available materials and then classify them according to their possible reuses.
The project has 4 specifics objectives:
- Reduce by 20% the impact of construction on resource consumption and waste production
- To structure the circular construction sector
- Implementing more circular purchasing policies
- Support the development of the circular construction sector's skills
- 85% of waste recycled in the Toulouse metropolitan area
- 80% of public procurement contracts in the metropolitan area include a circular economy criterion
- 60% of companies responding to public contracts are aware of these issues
- 360 FTEs/year created from 2026
- 30% reduction in greenhouse gases
- 35% reduction in waste
- Increase of 13%/year of construction companies involved
Total project budget: €2,757,841, with 55% European co-financing (grant of €1,516,812.)
September 2021 to February 2026
The project is coordinated by Toulouse Métropole with 6 beneficiary partners: Synéthic, the scientific and technical building centre (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment), Envirobat Occitanie, Toulouse Business School, French Federation of Building and Public Works of Haute-Garonne (Fédération Française du Bâtiment et des Travaux publics de Haute-Garonne) and the National Institute of Circular Economy (Institut National de l’Économie Circulaire).
Several stakeholders are involed :
DREAL, ADEME, Fédération Régionale des Travaux Publics d'Occitanie, Observatoire des déchets et de l'Economie Circulaire en Occitanie, Conseil Régional de l'Ordre des Architectes, Association Ingénierie Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées, Oppidea, Bellastock, Fédération des Entreprises du Recyclage, Université Toulouse Jean Jaures, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Toulouse, Relais 2D (Strasbourg), Plaine Commune - Grand Paris, CPAM 31, Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Ville de Saragosse, Ville de Seville, Ville de Barcelone, Institut National Slovène d'Ingénierie Civile – ZAG, Ville d'Oslo