21. November 2022 | Press release

Urby and Veolia partner to collect and recycle business waste

The first- and last-mile logistics specialist Urby - a subsidiary of La Poste Groupe and Banque des Territoires - and Veolia have announced the signing of a partnership agreement. The aim is to facilitate the collection and recycling of business waste in densely populated urban areas.




Since July 2016, all businesses with a weekly production of over 1,100 litres are required to recycle their waste. To provide them with a solution, first- and last-mile logistics specialist Urby launched a call for tenders, at the end of which it opted to partner with Veolia. The agreement, announced during the European Week for Waste Reduction (19-27 November), aims to create synergies between the two entities in order to provide businesses with a complete waste treatment solution in densely populated urban areas, including collection, traceability of quantities and recovery of end-of-life flows.

“The collection of business waste must adapt to traffic constraints and the gradual introduction of Low Emission Zones in urban areas,”

explains Frédéric Delaval, Chairman of the Urby network.

By joining forces with Veolia, a leading player in ecological transformation, we are providing retailers and businesses with a comprehensive, multi-flow solution, both upstream and downstream of the waste recycling chain.”


15,000 tonnes collected by the end of 2022

Operational throughout France (excluding the Ile-de-France region), Urby and Veolia's service offer covers the five waste flows (paper/cardboard, metal, plastic, glass and wood) as well as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) classified as hazardous, such as small and large household appliances, computer equipment, etc. Collected from professionals, at the same time as a delivery or during organised rounds in the city centre, the sorted waste is then taken to the nearest Urby centre. Veolia's teams then sort it further and recycle it into raw materials, primarily at the local level. As a result of the combined expertise and national network of the two companies, 15,000 tonnes of waste will be collected and recycled by the end of the year. This partnership will be extended in the coming months to the recycling of toys, construction waste and bio-waste.


“Veolia has been developing its waste recycling and recovery operations for over 20 years. They underpin the challenges of the circular economy and the decarbonisation of cities and regions. Our goal is to provide an ecology of solutions. By joining forces with Urby, we are demonstrating our ability to make the sorting process more efficient by collecting pre-sorted waste directly from retailers, while taking into account the important and complex issues of urban mobility.”

Anne Le Guennec Director of Waste Recycling and Recovery in France



About Urby

Founded in 2018, Urby was born out of the desire to offer solutions that make cities more breathable and peaceful for their inhabitants. A subsidiary of La Poste Groupe and Banque des Territoires, Urby operates in 23 cities, including 19 major cities in France, and offers urban delivery and goods collection services (all formats), storage and collection of professional packaging (cardboard, plastic, wood, etc.). To achieve this, the Urby concept is based on two types of structure: shared centres covering 2,000 to 4,000 m2 located on the outskirts of towns and cities, and Urban Logistics Areas (ULAs) covering 200 to 400 m2 in town centres. The shared centres enable transporters, couriers, retailers and local authorities to free themselves from the burden of first- and last-mile delivery. For these players, Urby collects and stores goods and organises deliveries in dense urban areas with low-emission vehicles: electric vehicles, vehicles running on NGV (Natural Gas Vehicle or bio-NGV), cargo bicycles, etc. The ULAs offer solutions for local storage, order preparation, restocking between shops, and collection and delivery of products by appointment for shops, self-employed workers and retailers. 

For more information: www.urby.fr


About Veolia

The Veolia Group aspires to become the benchmark company for ecological transformation. Operating on five continents and employing nearly 220,000 people, the company designs and implements useful and practical solutions for water, waste and energy management that help to radically change the world. Through its three complementary activities, Veolia contributes to developing access to resources, preserving available resources and renewing them. In 2021, the Veolia Group provided 79 million people with drinking water and 61 million with wastewater services, produced nearly 48 million megawatt hours of electricity and recovered 48 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE) generated consolidated revenue of €28.508 billion in 2021.

For more information, please contact

Julien Eloy

Agence WEPA