What is waste pre-collection?

31 mai 2021

Pre-collection of waste is a key issue for all local authorities in France, but remains little known to the general public.

Although essential to meet residents' expectations, managing the pre-collection of waste is not an easy task and requires a variety of equipment.

At Francioli, we do our utmost to meet the needs of local authorities regarding the pre-collection of household waste and selective sorting bins for recycling.

What is waste pre-collection ?

What we term the ""pre-collection of waste"" refers to all processes and equipment implemented to enable the collection of household waste, as well as waste from sorting.

We use the term ""pre-collection"" to specify that this approach comes before traditional waste collection.

It is essential and involves the strategic choice locations for collection equipment, as well as the roll out of wheeled bins and other elements such as bin shelters.

Pre-collection of waste is specific to household waste and does not cover concrete litter bins, which are defined as street furniture.

Why do waste pre-collection ?

As we mentioned in the introduction, the pre-collection of waste is a crucial stage in facilitating the future collection of household waste, whether it is done by local authorities or private companies.

The installation of equipment such as wheeled bins and bin shelters centralizes waste at a single collection point. This makes rubbish collection far easier, avoiding detours and wasted time.

Waste pre-collection also involves the management of sorting bins. In other words, bin kiosks and bin parks can house both conventional wheeled bins and specialized recycling bins.

Generally speaking, the main advantages of pre-collection include facilitation of the centralization of household waste and making collection easier for local authorities and contractors.

Special equipment required for this stage

There are various ways of centralizing household waste.

The wheeled bin

Certainly the best-known, the wheeled bin is the traditional rubbish bin found in most towns.

With lids to reduce unpleasant odours and to protect them from the elements, these types of bins are used by most town councils.

Wheeled bins are specifically designed to be collected by trucks and can be grouped together in container shelters.

Recycling bins

Whether liftable (for collection by crane trucks) or conventional, recycling containers and bins are especially designed for sorting and recycling waste.
These containers are designed to collect only one type of waste, depending on their colour. Some are for cardboard and plastics, others for glass. They are easy to recognize by their colour (green and yellow in most cases).

They can be located outside at sites chosen by the local authority, or inside container shelters.


Bin shelters

Bin shelters do not collect waste in the same way as the equipment mentioned above. A bin shelter is a building designed to protect pre-collection bins and containers.
Made from concrete, bin shelters house pre-collection bins at single strategic collection points and protect them against the weather and attempts at vandalism.

They are designed for sorting and recycling and have waste hatches that can be adapted to the streams being collected.

Francioli bin shelters


Pavabac Lucia

This bin shelter is designed to protect public recycling bins and wheeled bins belonging to local authorities.

Made of concrete, the Lucia bin shelter features key-operated hatches and doors which can only be opened by the collection organization.

It has waste hatches at the top and a large display area for recycling instructions. Designed for outdoor use, this modular bin shelter is highly weather-resistant.

Pavabac Centurion

This bin kiosk is one of a number of shelters that can be used to house several wheeled bins or recycling containers in a single, secure location.

The Pavabac Centurion is a real building on concrete foundations with a roof that can house up to 16 bins.

It can be formatted as aisles or islands, depending on the number of bins present.


The Centu'Park bin park is an alternative to Centurion-type bin shelters. They can also store and centralize several wheeled bins and are protected by a roof.

However, this bin park is not enclosed and does not have dedicated hatches for recycling containers. This bin shelter is the ideal solution for large-scale projects.

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