Castres. The professional high school students of Borde Basse will take care of it!

The students of the second professional baccalaureate PIPAC (Productions in Pharmaceutical, Food and Cosmetics Industries) of the Borde Basse secondary school traveled to Brugeria, the Trifyl sorting center in Labruguière.

They were Guillaume Ichard, responsible for prevention and sorting education, and Lauranne Bessede, prevention and sorting advisor, who accompanied them during this on-site visit: “Here we receive the containers from the yellow bins to sort, compact and ship them to treatment and recovery facilities. This public reception area is recent, our goal is to better communicate about waste sorting.”

The high school students were able to observe the entire sorting line for recyclable waste. Impressed by the size and speed of the machines and the presence of artificial intelligence to distinguish materials, they will not forget the anecdotes about the “refusal phase” of the sorting belt, which removes objects that cannot be recycled: clothes, fire extinguishers , brake discs, rackets, but also jeu de boules and bowling balls! So many objects need to be separated, which slows down and can even damage the sorting system.

This visit has its roots in PIPAC's Professional Baccalaureate programs, in which students, future industry professionals, are asked to measure waste associated with their manufacturing sector.

Sophie Marcu and Anaïs Ranica, teachers of biotechnology and professional subjects, accompanied the students: “Before making this visit, each student worked on the fate of waste. Rudology, the study of waste and its elimination, is on the program. Students must who feel involved on a daily basis, at home, at school and of course in business… For them, this part of the program has more meaning than ever. The issues related to managing the waste cycle are crucial for their production This is the first time we have gone to a sorting center and we will come back because it is an excellent way to tackle this theme with our students: it is very concrete for them!”

Flore, a student, is very satisfied with her visit: “I learned a lot of things: I didn't know that opaque and transparent plastics were separated and treated differently and that some were turned into duvets or down jackets and the others were used for new packaging. I also didn't know that you shouldn't throw dish glass in the sorting bin because it can't be recycled like bottle glass. And I didn't think engine parts could be made from recycled metals!”

Eva, her friend, was very touched by all this work: “I didn't realize anything about the organization that comes after the sorting bin. I will now be much more careful to follow the instructions.”

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