The construction industry is a major consumer of technical garments that protect people in high-risk situations. The textiles used are highly resistant and made from materials that are difficult to recycle. Vinci gives a second life to its professional clothing by transforming it into concrete. Eventually, the Group aims to recycle 100% of its personal protective equipment (PPE).
The experiment carried out with CEPOVETT Group consisted in collecting all used clothing from worksites before recycling it at its reprocessing centers. Shredded to confetti size, these textiles become a solid recovered fuel (CSR HPC), sold to cement plants as a substitute for fossil fuels such as coal or fuel oil. This treatment is doubly valorized, since the ash produced by combustion is reintegrated into cement production.
Environmental Manager, Chantiers Modernes Construction VINCI Construction France