When he arrived at Veolia in 1996, David worked on the sorting line. Over the years, he has held several posts within the Group, becoming a sorting center manager. Now based at the Châteaubernard* center, he is responsible for waste — particularly plastics — that primarily comes from the region’s cognac-producing houses. Mixed waste containers and bottle pallets hold no secrets for David and his team! Together, they carry out the meticulous daily task of sorting the different types of plastics present, the key to optimal waste recovery.
In this rigorous work, he can count on his four colleagues, some of whom have been alongside him for over twenty years. This teamwork and the resulting bond are essential in this profession, which may expose workers to the risk of musculoskeletal problems.
Incidentally, this is one of David’s hobby horses: “Helping my colleagues find solutions to improve their working conditions is also part of my responsibilities.”
David’s approach is supported and encouraged by the site’s management, which has made occupational health and safety a priority. Convinced that going higher would raise standards, David developed a lift table in 2016. It brings a twofold improvement in comfort: considerably facilitating the work in terms of everyday tasks and improving the efficiency of the sorting operations on bottle pallets.
Proud of his invention, he explains that “the pallet is now lifted on its own and each of its levels is positioned at an optimal height.” After an experimentation and standardization phase, the prototype has become a certified machine that has rapidly “proven its worth,” highlights David.
David acquired this sense of initiative and commitment to his job over the course of his professional career. He is no newcomer to the game: back in 2008, he distinguished himself in Veolia’s “Déclic” competition. He received the participatory innovation award for inventing a process for improving the performance of an optical sorting machine in order to make operators’ work a little bit easier.
* The Châteaubernard center processes a multitude of waste in addition to plastic (cardboard, paper, wood, metals, etc.).