Renovation of the Eiffel Tower: Veolia recycled over 80 percent of the waste

Eiffelturm (Foto: ©Ralph-Thomas Kühnle /

Paris, France — This year the Eiffel Tower is celebrating its 125th anniversary attracting over seven million paying visitors per year – and needs refurbishment. The renovation of the first floor has just been completed at one of the most popular landmarks in the world. 250 tons of waste has been produced in the two and a half years of work. Veolia recycled 83 percent  of the waste.

To work on this extremely popular site and to meet the daily collection requirements, Veolia has had to put in place important safety measures. The company has had to collect the waste before transportation to sorting centers between 7:00 and 9:00 o`clock in the morning, before the opening to the public, using a 160m² platform with a nine ton capacity to bring the rubble down.

“Once it has been received at the sorting centers, the material is isolated.  Then, the wood is crushed, the plastic compressed and the rubble sorted according to its quality”, explained Dominique Bar, sorting and recycling manager at Veolia Ile-de-France.

Managing the sorting process as close as possible to the Eiffel Tower site has enabled the recycling of over 80 percent of the waste in Veolia’s centers, which have a capacity of 30 tons per hour.

Source: Veolia-Group