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Space-saving, streamlining and efficiency
There’s only one Eiffel Tower: part of Paris’ and France’s image, the tourist site par excellence and the showcase of the French capital. The site needs to be well administered, clean and safe, so waste management poses particular challenges…
  • Lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • People walk the perimeter of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Many people line up to climb Paris’ Eiffel Tower stairs
  • Eiffel Tower restaurant where staff are preparing for guests
  • Flattened cardboard medium stored in green tub container
  • Green cage surrounding several Bramidan compactors near Eiffel Tower
  • Individual standing next to a Bramidan compactor compacted cardboard pile
  • Man wearing gloves working with compactor at Eiffel Tower
Waste is colleted on demand - two bales at a time - instead of daily collections."
Purchase Manager, Paris

Business advantages
  1. Reduced rental and collection costs
  2. Better working environment
  3. More free space and tidiness
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The Eiffel Tower is unusual because it is immense but vertical. The horizontal space is very limited. Visitors are the justification for its existence, and storage is incompatible with its almost lace-like structure. More than 6.5 million people visit it and its restaurants and shops each year. The Tower boasts cuisine and all kinds of souvenirs.

Waste collections every day

Until late 2009 waste disposal involved sorting waste and shredding paper, cardboard and plastic, which were then stored in 175 gallon containers. This required major storage capacity and gradually became unmanageable, even with waste collections every morning. Problems included overflow, lack of space (no more containers could be added), a slow, inefficient, often overloaded process and complaints from occupants.

SETE expanded the waste collection area at the foot of the Tower, but there was an insurmountable obstacle: the 6.9 feet ceiling. Only Bramidan was able to offer efficient, easy-to-use machines that could be installed here. Thanks to the trust developed over ten years of relations with the Bramidan distributor Axiome, two X25 HD balers were selected. They were perfect for the job.

One bale replaces 10 containers

Two X25 HD balers now compact a tonne of cardboard and 880 lbs of plastic every week. This saves space: one 660 lbs bale replaces ten containers. They have just one control button and are extremely easy to use. Everyone is happy with this no-storage solution. Waste is collected on demand - two bales at a time - instead of daily collections. The balers not only solve all the problems but also provide efficient waste management. For every 160 stone compacted cardboard is sold for 40 USD, and SETE saves the 175 USD it used to pay daily for container collection.

To conclude:
SETE’s waste management solution from Bramidan meets all its expectations, especially its number one need: saving space. The Tower’s occupants are very happy with SETE’s solution.

About SETE

The Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel is a mixed ownership company. 60% of it is owned by Paris City Council.

Since 2005 it has maintained the Eiffel Tower, provided quality service and visitor safety, continually improved visitor care, appraised and carried out renovations, modernized public areas and added to the Tower’s prestige and Paris’s reputation as a capital of tourism and culture. Its turnover is 80.9 million USD, and its annual operating result 2.0 million USD.

More than 500 people work at the Tower, almost half employed by SETE. The other half work for franchise holders and public services.