In Condé-en-Normandie, the household waste tax is disappearing, what is it being replaced with?

In Condé-en-Normandie, the household waste tax is disappearing, what is it being replaced with?

On the occasion of the delivery of compost offered by Sirtom, the end of the domestic waste tax was announced in Condé-en-Normandie (Calvados). ©L’Orne Combattante

On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Aurélie Briand from the permaculture association API Potager arranged a monthly workshop with gardeners. The President of Sirtom, Thierry Aubin, took the opportunity to officially deliver the compost and explain with Valérie Desquesne, Mayor of Condé-en-Normandie (Calvados), the measures voted on the Intercom of Vire-au-Noireau to encourage households to reduce their household waste.

An elected official announced “that Vire-au-Noireau Intercom has decided by a majority of its elected officials to accept REOMI (Incentive Household Waste Removal Fee)” to replace household waste. Implementation will be effective from January 1, 2024, preceded by a trial year of 2023. The goal is to limit the collection of household waste and reduce the impact on the environment.

Collection of yellow bags (recyclable waste) remains the same. Efforts need to be made on this side as well, because according to President Sirtom, a third of the packaging is not sorted.

Fee setting

The population will be approached at home by Sorting Ambassadors to audit them regarding their type of consumption and the number of residents living there. This will make it possible to define the number of bags or bins that will be placed within REOMI for a given year.

This fee will include a fixed part that corresponds to the organization of the collection: the use and treatment of Sirtom de Flers-Condé waste, which will be the same for all.

The second part will vary depending on the study conducted by the ambassador at home. The current tax on household waste (TOM) is land-based, while REOMI pays according to the volume of waste defined by households. A family with 3 children will therefore have a higher REOMI than an individual.

If this predetermined number is exceeded, an invoice will be charged.

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Motivational approach

This new organization aims to encourage residents to reduce household waste and adopt new habits by prioritizing the sorting of recyclable waste and the use of composters. From January 1, 2023, master composters will be present near residents to advise them, visit neighborhoods and the city center where shared composters will be installed.

The trial implementation of this type of household waste collection will be effective from July 1, 2023, coming into force on January 1, 2024. The territory of Intercom la Vire au Noireau will serve as a test, to assess the gains, but also the difficulties and remove the black spots. This will hopefully make it possible to generalize this organization to the entire territory.

Interest in compost

During the same day in the media library, compost is offered by Sirtom “for the public of the media library and residents”.

Aurélie Briand, animator of Api Potager, states “that it is made of untreated wood and recycled plastic parts”. To avoid mistakes, the display will remind you of the 4 golden rules of compost.

For Thierry Aubin, the role of compost is crucial “because a third of the content of household waste (black bins) can be composted”.

Then 3 to 4 million tons of waste per year could be avoided, knowing that burying (2/3 of the waste) or incinerating a ton of waste costs €150 to €200.

Installation of composters

For Valérie Desquesne, the community fully supports this approach to composting and has decided to develop their collection in the municipality, with the aim of reducing waste but also benefiting from the fertilizer produced in this way.

The installation of future composters is also planned in collaboration with the API kitchen garden association in the neighborhoods of Mesnil and Varende near the common gardens.

Aurélie Briand reminded of the 4 golden rules of compost, which are displayed on the compost available to residents in the gardens of the media library.
Aurélie Briand reminded of the 4 golden rules of compost, which are displayed on the compost available to residents in the gardens of the media library. ©L’Orne Combattante

The installation of electrocomposters is also planned, which allow mechanical closure and acceleration of the composting process, their additional advantage is the possibility to collect meat waste in them.

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