Understanding the circular economy for a more responsible economic development

With "Europe of possibilities", followed by "ECOptimists" and "4 challenges for 4 seasons", the REcyclerie encourages the export of the best ideas found in France abroad. During three seasons, several dozens of events propose to discuss and build a more humane society that is more respectful of the environment together.


Café and self-service restaurant, urban farm, collaborative repair workshop, and resource and learning center all at once, the REcyclerie is a multiple eco-responsibility project. Opened on the premises of the former Ornano station of Paris's old Petite Ceinture line in June 2014, it brings together various audiences (students, start-ups, communities, NGOs, artists, etc.) and organizes events, such as the REcyclerie's Christmas Market, Emmaüs's sale by the kilo, a bike tour around the Petite Ceinture line, and a number of conferences.

"Europe of Possibilities" in 2016

In 2016, with the "Europe of Possibilities" program, supported by the Veolia Foundation as part of its mission to raise awareness and educate about protecting the environment, the

REcyclerie opened up to the sustainable alternatives implemented by our European neighbors. Every month, the Management proposed to look at a country or city to develop a think tank and share its discoveries with the public. Prestigious personalities were invited to share a positive experience during workshops, meetings, evenings, breakfasts, and conferences. This led to the development of tools (local currency, educational tools), citizen movements (solidarity, sharing, action, network), locations (urban farm, artistic wasteland, shared space), and "green business" initiatives (digital tool, start-up, entrepreneur, new business models).

Among the events proposed, Circular Conferences (2C) were regularly organized. The aim was to bring together a network of students to committed to understanding the keys to more responsible development through the circular economy. In this perspective, the Foundation worked with several partners (the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Ecole des Ponts, the Institut de l'Économie Circulaire, and CliMATES association) to address the topic in an educational manner inciting curiosity and learn about the extraction of precious metals from London's street dust, understand how coffee grounds can produce steam and reduce a roaster's natural gas consumption, observe that an olympic pool in Marseille can be heated while emitting less CO2. There was no lack of topics!

"ECOptimists in the field" in 2017

In 2017, the program called "ECOptimists in the field" is based on an optimistic vision of ecology and sustainable development: solutions that are within the grasp of everyone exist to build a more humane and sustainable society together. Each month, from February to December, one theme is explored through recurring events: debates to identify problems, workshops to get involved, demonstration of an innovation as a practical solution, 2C conference on the circular economy for students, etc. The aim is to show that eco-responsibility is a shared concern.

"4 challenges for 4 seasons" in 2018

In 2018, the REcyclerie wishes to anchor its conferences in its relationship to time and nature as far as possible while displaying its desire for change and action to its visitors. As such, it implemented, again with the Veolia Foundation's support, a program on the theme "4 challenges for 4 seasons at the Recyclerie" in January.

Conferences will no longer be monthly but will take on a seasonal frequency. The schedule will highlight the specificities of each season with a change of visual atmosphere through decorations corresponding to the coming season: opening of spaces such as the dock bar, change in the style guide of the station's signs, change of background music, food made with fruit and vegetables in season, etc.

Each season, the REcyclerie will offer the public an opportunity to experiment, question, and provide solutions through inspiring meetings, fun activities, and simple implementation tools: party, coaching, quiz night, online tutorial, collaborative project, "eco" cooking workshop, trading party, community actions, big debates, lunches with inspiring personalities, and even circular conferences. The four seasons of the REcyclerie will offer reflection, sharing, and the desire to do better, together, and for all.