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While Paris has improved its sorting performance in recent years (+ 9.5% in 2015, + 7% in 2016), there is nonetheless a long way to go in order to reach the goal of a zero waste city. Thus, on 22 November, 2017 ACR+ members CITEO and the City of Paris has launched an action plan “You sort, we recycle” aimed to change behaviors of the Parisians as well as facilitate sorting by installing 3,000 public sorting points across the city.

Among the planned measures in the action plan are:

  • 1000 Trilib’ sorting stations will be installed in the city;
  • 600 new shelets for sorting bins will be deployed in more than 150 parks and gardens of Paris;
  • 1400 new sorting points will be installed in fast-food. The restaurant owners will then be able to bring the sorted plastic bottles and cans to 4 METRO Paris warehouses;
  • 100 deposit-return machines collecting plastic bottles will be installed in 100 grocery stores in order to test the incentivized deposit-return systems;
  • A sorting system will be expanded in the Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport with the possibility to implement it also in the Orly airport in the future;
  • Since young people tend to sort their waste less than elders, the priority programme to deploy sorting bins is set up for the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris student campus hosting 12,000 students every year. Thereby, sorting bins will be installed in the kitchens and parks accompanied by an intensive awareness raising campaign.

All projects will be finalized by 31 December 2019, evaluated by an intermediary progress report scheduled at the end of 2018. The overall objective of the action plan is to recycle additional 26 million plastic bottles, 6 million cans as well as 1.5 million glass bottles in 2019. 

Source:  (in French)


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