In Aude and the Eastern Pyrenees, plastic recycling is a local sector at the heart of the circular economy.

Recycled materials are our future. Actors from Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales are mobilized to offer an environmentally responsible alternative to traditional products. The birth of the sector.

Every year, eight million tons of waste is dumped into the seas and oceans, and about 600,000 tons of plastic waste is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea. More and more initiatives are being put forward at the state level to stop this phenomenon, such as the Waste Control Act, which aims to achieve zero use of single-use plastic by 2040 – while supporting goals to reduce, reuse, reuse and recycle.

Initiatives to find sustainable alternatives

Dores and already, the actors, especially from the Audes and the Eastern Pyrenees, are mobilized. In Banyuls-sur-Mer, Plastic@sea is managed by Ann-Leila Meisterzheim is betting on alternatives to plastic by repeating the waste law. As a member of FrenchTech, the company brings its expertise to manufacturers, communities and institutions to lead them on the transition to plastic through recycling or biodegradability. Other initiatives have appeared in Ode. Carcassonne-based building materials recycling group Valoridec decided to recycle plastics by creating a subsidiary, Valoplastik, and establishing itself in a circular economy (see box).

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More responsible fashion for the planet

Thus, LCS Groupe, a Perpignan group specialized in the production of sports jerseys under the Maillots Français brand and screen printing, has a different vision of textiles, more ethical and more responsible. The company has partnered with the Girona-based Seaqual Foundation, which collects plastic waste from the seas of Europe to turn it into a skein of yarn.

Seamstress from LCS Groupe
LKS Group

“We send these spools to partners for knitwear weaving. Today, recycled products make up 30% of French knitwear production. And we are committed to 100% within three years through the education of our customers., says Nicolas Gomarire, Founding Director of the LCS Group, which develops the Le Maillot Français brand. By studying botany, I have strengthened the protection of the planet and a virtuous approach to production. Eco-responsibility must become a habit of production and consumption.”

Leave a positive mark on the planet without compromising on the comfort of our products.

While the approach is commendable, it is not without consequences. “We have invested in research and development (research and development, editor’s note) adapt our rather technical fabrics and modify patterns. Our approach has drawn attention to sailing, which is already sensitive to the environment, as well as niche sports where the big brands don’t operate. trusts the leader, who will have a new “environmentally responsible” plant by 2023. More and more sports clubs are linking this awareness to environmental protection and French shopping that serves the local economy.”

Another local player in the textile industry, Olivier Gelly, director of Payote, an espadrille company based in Perpignan, is also a Seaqual partner committed to for “limit our impact on the environment. We are working to make a positive impact on the planet without compromising on the comfort of our products.”.

Valoridec accelerates its development with Valoplastik

The Carcassonne Group, Valoridec, collects and sorts large amounts of plastic, in particular from building waste, at its facilities in Aude and Hérault. “The plastic fraction was sent to landfill or incinerated,” says Olivier Rabotin, president of the Valoridec group (75 employees, turnover 15 million euros). In accordance with the rules that require 100% plastic recycling, we decided to create a subsidiary company Valopastik, whose plastic recycling plant is located at our site in Lespignan (34).”. With the help of Region and Ademe and with the support of the Polyvia trade union, the group invested 2.3 million euros in the construction of a building (600 m²).2), equipped with a grinding and washing line (capacity 1 t/h), which produces flakes from r-PP, r-HDPE and r-PVC. “The site has been operating since the end of 2021 and has created 4 jobs. We aim for 3500 tons in 2022 and plan to double this tonnage by next year. This is a question to answer for plastics industry players who really want to integrate recycled materials.”concludes the leader, who will set up a laboratory to complete his installation and be able to inform his customers about the quality of the processed products.

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