Waste Management, Customer Stories

The beautiful waste containers of Font-Romeu

Molok 30.01.2020


For more than 10 years now, the lids of Molok waste containers have been snow-covered every winter season in Font-Romeu. The ski resort village is a successful example of selective sorting in France.

Each trash collection point is less than 80 meters from any house. Almost invisible, yet they are there. They are real icebergs, the hidden side of which is almost entirely buried and has a large collection volume.

Successful figures

380 Molok concrete wells have been installed in the town of Font-Romeu. They support a population of 40,000 inhabitants in high season. Sorting is clearly improving:

- Tripled or quadrupled for Household Recyclable Packaging, "EMR"
- 100 tons of cardboard collected per year
- Glass collection has multiplied by 3

Xavier Garrabé (Technical manager at Font-Romeu town hall) is satisfied with efficient and ecological logistics 

- We are at larger volumes than we had. There is an ecological approach here. We don't collect with a truck 7 times a week, only 3 times.

Sorting is made easier and avoids the daily use of garbage trucks. Only one specialized technician, instead of three, ensures collection every other day. The mechanized arm hooking and emptying through the Molok opening is ingenious.

A beautiful waste container

Garrabé particularly appreciates the aesthetic potential of the Molok system. The visible side is pleasant to see.

- With these, for example, I used stone cladding, typically using local stone.

Each collection point is adapted to the decor that surrounds it: aluminum for modern neighborhoods or green at the edge of the ski slopes. The burial of the tanks thus avoids the high visibility and the vulnerability of the old trash cans.

- There is nothing to do with containers at the edge of the parking lot.


Towards composting?

Garrabé and his teams are enthusiastic about the same approach for compost and natural waste. France is in ecological transition. The regulations are progressing slowly. They want to share the project's reflection with Molok in order to develop the best possible concept: in particular to avoid odor issues and promote the proper development of harvested compost.