Each EU household produces around half a tonne of waste every year; less than half is recycled. Most of it goes to landfill. This has harmful impact on health, air quality and the environment. Tackling waste management and turning waste into resource is key to the circular economy. Smart waste management solutions exist. Anaerobic digestion of waste allows it to be turned to renewable gas. The breaking down of organic matter through heat and bacteria produces methane which, once purified, can be injected directly into the gas grid; a truly circular process. Symevad (Syndicat Mixte D’Elimination et de Valorisation des Déchets) – an organisation established by local authorities – provides innovative solutions to waste processing in the North of France. They provide public waste disposal services for 310 000 inhabitants of the region and centre their activities on a logic of waste hierarchy. The Symevad strives to organise and implement a new household waste upgrading policy by developing new and highly efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. The first mission of Symevad is, however, to guarantee waste prevention. The biomethane produced by the SYMEVAD is directly injected into GRDF’s grid. Waste-management in the circular economy Anaerobic Digestion in Northern France GRDF is the largest DSO in the EU, distributing gas to 10.9 million consumers through a 198 000 km long network. www.symevad.org - www.grdf.fr