History

History

Innovating for over 90 years

1919


SITA was born

The city of Paris launched a competition to build vehicles to modernise the collection of waste. This first partnership led to the birth of SITA (Société Industrielle de Transport Automobile, or Industrial Automobile Transport Company). SITA offered motor-driven waste collection.

SITA was born

1950-1970


Serving local communities and companies

Urbanisation leads to a transformation of consumption habits. The French are on the go, travelling, buying new equipment, consuming and producing waste; disposal of this waste is becoming a major issue.


Originally based in Paris and its surrounding regions, SITA expanded nationally. The company set out to develop its processing activities (creation of incineration units and landfill facilities) beyond its traditional waste collection business.

Serving local communities and companies

1970-1980


Expansion of its line of business

The newfound general awareness of the need to protect the environment translated into increasingly demanding regulations in terms of waste disposal law on waste producers’ responsibility for waste elimination.

SITA structured the sector in order to handle the entire waste processing cycle. Efforts were undertaken to :
– Optimise energy efficiency and recovery on the incineration sites.
– Modernise the equipment and create new sites to meet the specific needs of industrial players and major urban producers.

Expansion of its line of business

1989


Internationalisation

SITA reinforced its international presence with new locations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Germany and Italy.

Internationalisation

1990


Development of recycling

The March 1992 European Directive made recycling and the recovery of waste a priority.
SITA decided to focus on recycling, extending its research activities in order to develop new solutions and offer a ‘comprehensive cleanliness’ service.
– Development of selective waste collection through the innovative creation of specific facilities
– An ambitious programme for the construction of sorting and recycling centres
– Comprehensive waste management on industrial sites and the creation of specific sectors to maximise recovery.

Development of recycling

2010


Destination : waste recovery !

The Grenelle law preserves the 3 Rs principle: Reduction, processing for Re-use, and Recycling.
 Thanks to its investment in research and innovation, SITA has become the recycling industry’s leading player. SITA, which offers material, biological and energy recovery solutions, contributes to the rise of a circular economy with its objective to recycle 1.21 tonnes of waste for each tonne disposed of.

Destination : waste recovery !

2011


Leadership

SITA is unrelenting in its efforts to promote sustainable development. 
With its new communication tagline, SITA confirms its leadership position in the field of waste management :

“CREATING A FUTURE FOR YOUR WASTE”

Leadership Watch the video

2012


Ambition

SITA invests in research to recycle an increasing proportion of waste.
Two objectives for 2015:
– 2 tonnes of waste recycled for each tonne disposed of
– 2 tonnes of CO2 prevented for each tonne emitted

Ambition