MOROCCO: Suez wins the industrial waste management contract for SMT

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MAROC : Suez décroche le contrat de gestion des déchets industriels de la SMT © Suez Maroc

Suez Maroc, the subsidiary of the French group Suez, has just won the waste management contract for the Moroccan Tobacco Company (SMT). This new 2-year contract strengthens Suez's presence in the Cherifian kingdom.

Suez is strengthening its position in Morocco. The local subsidiary of the French environmental giant has just signed a contract worth 6 million Moroccan dirhams (more than 557,000 euros) for the management of waste from the Moroccan Tobacco Company (SMT). Under this 2-year contract, Suez Maroc will be responsible for waste management at two SMT production sites, in Aïn Harrouda and El Moudzine. The company will ensure the collection, sorting and treatment of 4,000 tonnes of waste during the term of its contract.

To meet its commitments, Suez Maroc plans to mobilise human and material resources for the collection, sorting and conditioning of industrial waste. The waste will be sent to landfill and recycling sites. The environmental specialist plans to recycle SMT’s industrial waste into electricity and composting. The waste produced at SMT’s facilities is mainly organic, as the plants process tobacco products.

Digitising waste management

The new contract “was won thanks to a partnership signed between Suez Maroc and Sodexo Maroc, as part of a consortium for the provision of cleaning services, 3D treatment (disinfection, disinsectisation and rodent control), maintenance of green spaces, cleaning and pumping, cleaning of work clothes, guarding and remote surveillance at SMT’s industrial sites”, explains Suez Maroc.

The Suez subsidiary will contribute its “Clear” tool, which allows for the dematerialised management of operations, invoicing and reporting on waste collection, sorting and treatment activities. The concession granted by the Moroccan Tobacco Company to Suez Maroc reflects the company’s desire to reduce the environmental impact of its tobacco processing plants.

“For many years, our approach to waste reduction has been at the heart of process improvement at our manufacturing sites, through a combined approach of reduction, reuse and recycling. We remain committed to working with stakeholders to reduce our environmental impact and have a positive social impact,” says Bertrand Villoteau, head of manufacturing operations, Africa for Imperial Brands, the parent company of SMT.

This new contract also strengthens Suez’s presence in industrial waste management in Morocco. Exactly one year ago, the group, which employs more than 200,000 people, signed two contracts worth €17.6 million for the management of waste produced in the assembly plants of French carmakers PSA and Renault in Morocco.

Jean Marie Takouleu 

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