Activities


Active in all aspects of waste management

AAA Construction & Development puts its environmental commitments into practice in the field through its various business activities. The diversity of treatments the company provides is an advantage.

No one treatment is preferred. The choice depends on the type of waste, local conditions and a series of economic, social and environmental considerations. Each treatment option is associated with recycling solutions that AAA Construction & Development strives to develop, whether this consists of materials recovery, recycling for agricultural use or waste-to-energy conversion.

  1.) Collection.
  2.) Transfer.
  3.) Sorting.
  4.) Composting
  5.) Incineration.
  6.) Land filling.
  7.) Hazardous waste management.
  8.) Pipeline maintenance.
  9.) Industrial services.
10.) Industrial services commiting for the long term.
11.) Site rehabilitation, marine pollution control.
12.) Dismantling industrial sites.


1.) Collection.


The need to recycle is making profound changes to collection methods. Door-to-door collection involves household solid waste and bulky waste, as well as non-hazardous industrial waste produced by businesses and industries, and must constantly be adapted to suit the population’s needs.

Onyx also creates collection points where consumers can bring recyclable waste, such as glass, paper, etc., as well as drop-off centers. 

Non-hazardous industrial waste.
All non-inert and non-hazardous waste produced by companies, industry, retail, tradespeople and services: scrap iron, non-ferrous metals, paper-board, glass, textiles, wood, plastics, etc.

 2.) Transfer.

An intermediate phase between collection and treatment, transfer involves grouping waste at distribution platforms before routing it to the various treatment lines.

 3.) Sorting.
 
Selected and prepared according to qualitative and quantitative criteria, recyclable waste becomes a secondary raw material that can be reintroduced into a production cycle: half the board manufactured in the world is made of recycled material. It is even essential to some industries with which Onyx has been working for many years.

4.) Composting.

Produced from biodegradable waste (food waste, plant waste, and the fermentable fraction of sludge from the treatment of municipal wastewater) compost provides organic matter for poor or depleted soil. In developing the agricultural recycling of waste.

Compost.
Product produced by composting waste. It can be used as an organic soil improver, to improve soil structure, or as a plant fertilizer.

5.) Incineration.

After collection and sorting, the waste must undergo final treatment. Waste combustion generates pollutants that are systematically treated using sophisticated techniques compliant with applicable regulatory standards.

Incineration is one of the solutions. Waste combustion is also a source of renewable energy: it can be used to replace fossil fuels to generate electricity or heat. In this area.

Incineration.
A thermal waste treatment method involving combustion (the technology and temperature vary depending on the type of waste), and flue gas treatment. This technique yields three types of residue: clinker, ash and flue gas treatment residue. The heat generated by incineration is recovered at most facilities to produce energy (electricity or heat).

Waste-to-energy conversion is the prime method of treating waste in densely populated areas. It is also a major alternative to recycling which is impossible for overly toxic products.

AAA Construction & Development is a pioneer in waste-to-energy techniques. At all its incineration plants, the company has, and continues to develop, structures that are in the forefront of progress and that make it the global reference for incineration.

We have undertaken a program to close our incinerators where the environmental performance is insufficient, and to carry out technological upgrades of our flue gas treatment systems in order to improve their efficiency.

In our most recent facilities, emissions are below the most stringent regulatory requirements.

6.) Land filling.

Treatment of leachate, methane emission reductions, energy production from landfill gas, landscape restoration of sites at end of life: at its landfill sites, AAA Construction & Development  takes steps to reduce pollution, preserve natural resources and protect quality of life., we speed up waste decomposition under controlled conditions with promising environmental benefits.

Our modern methods of landfill management provide economic solutions to waste disposal.

Methane.
A greenhouse gas (see Biogas and Greenhouse gases ).

Landfills are comprised of sealed sections or pits that collect the fermentation gas (biogas) and drain off the leachate. It is essential that these systems be efficient as the methane in the biogas contributes to the greenhouse effect at a rate 21 times more than carbon dioxide.
As it has a high heating power, biogas can be used when collected to replace natural fossil fuels. AAA Construction & Development, a leader and pioneer in the collection and use of biogas as energy, is developing the generation of electricity at its landfills and, when possible, sells it to the national grid.
When sites reach the end of their operational life, they are landscaped by AAA Construction & Development   Insulated from rainfall, they are restored as a function of their local environment (landscape, vegetation) and their end use (sports ground, woods, parks). 

Leachate.
During its storage and under the combined effect of rainwater and natural fermentation, landfill waste generates a liquid fraction called “leachate”. With a high organic and trace element content, this leachate cannot be discharged directly into the natural environment. It must be carefully collected and treated.

7.) Hazardous waste management.

Paints, solvents, resins, used oils, heavy metals, batteries, fluorescent tubes, crop-care products, industrial residues, soiled packaging materials: all this hazardous waste must undergo appropriate treatment in order to protect the environment and be recycled. The goal is to become the global reference in the area of hazardous waste treatment. AAA Construction & Development   offers specific solutions.

First, the laboratory analyzes a sample and issues an acceptance certificate. The tracking sheet follows the waste; filled out by the producer, then the collector, it lists everyone involved throughout the chain. It is the ultimate traceability document. Filled out by the treatment center, it is returned to the producer and as such is also the treatment certificate.

The residual waste is stabilized and stored in landfills.

We also have mobile laboratories that analyze dispersed quantities of hazardous waste on site. Exchanging data via the Internet, our specialists are able to provide consultancy services on site.

Our activities are divided between consulting (engineering and implementation of tailor-made solutions) and the provision of services adapted to each industrial sector and each type of waste (solvent regeneration; resin regeneration; hydrocarbon-saturated waste recycling; battery, fluorescent tube and soiled packaging recycling; and recovery and recycling of rare and precious metals).

Residual waste.
Refers to waste, whether treated or not, that cannot be treated any further under existing technically and economically feasible conditions, especially the extraction of the recyclable portion or by reducing its polluting nature.

Principal treatment methods used:

Incineration of organic liquid waste, salt water and sludge.
Recycling of solvents.
Stabilization of residues for treatment in classified landfills
Physicochemical treatment of no organic liquid waste.

8.) Pipeline maintenance.

With ageing water and wastewater pipes, municipalities are confronted with incidents that require rapid intervention. They also have to clean and maintain these pipes, if possible without digging up sidewalks and roads, which are costly operations that the local residents find very disruptive.

9.) Industrial services.

Supporting our industrial customers’ growth.

Whether large manufacturers or small firms, companies today are all confronted with major strategic issues: 
• Improving their financial performance 
• Concentrating on their core business 
• Ensuring the safety of staff and facilities
• Reducing their business’s impacts on the environment.
By offering innovative outsourcing solutions for managing all of their waste and cleaning their sites, Onyx helps them deal with these challenges.

Our presence in all the major industrial markets and in 36 countries around the world gives us the capacity to support our customers’ growth, offering them on-site services wherever they expand.
In addition, our parent company’s vast reach means that our teams can count on worldwide expertise in environmental services at all times.

10.) Industrial services commiting for the long term.

Supporting our industrial customers’ growth.

Whether large manufacturers or small firms, companies today are all confronted with major strategic issues: 
• Improving their financial performance. 
• Concentrating on their core business. 
• Ensuring the safety of staff and facilities.
• Reducing their business’s impacts on the environment.
By offering innovative outsourcing solutions for managing all of their waste and cleaning their sites, AAA Construction & Development helps them deal with these challenges.

Committing for the long term.
We take a long-term approach, acting as a genuine partner to our customers.
Employees take center stage in our outsourcing projects, with guarantees to our industrial customers that their personnel will be successfully integrated. We also invest continuously in employee training.
Backed by the work of our research teams, we have very solid expertise in the specific technological issues of industrial customers. This translates into productivity gains and enables us to anticipate changes in the regulations and prepare for them under the best conditions.

Operating sectors.
We build solutions tailored to the particular features of each site.
For major customers seeking integrated solutions from a single provider, we provide multiservices under the AAA Construction & Development

11.) Site rehabilitation, marine pollution control.

All around the world, people are becoming aware of the pollution caused by industrial activities.
AAA Construction & Development is taking on a major role in protecting the sea, decontaminating land and bringing contaminated sites into compliance with standards.

12.) Dismantling industrial sites.

the expansion of residential and business areas leads to the use of sites with traces of earlier pollution, which must be removed. To better prepare the sites for new construction projects and landscaping to integrate them into the environment, AAA Construction & Development through its specialized subsidiary, has broadened its scope to include new activities in contaminated site and land rehabilitation and plant dismantling. These services are valuable when a classified facility ceases operation and needs to be rehabilitated and brought into compliance with the standards governing industrial wasteland. AAA Construction & Development employs a wide range of processes to treat almost all contaminants, thereby helping to ensure the land is suitable for reuse. Our know-how in industrial site dismantling covers:

• The audit of toxic substances in the structures (asbestos, lead, etc.).
• Identification of wastes, their conditioning and removal to the appropriate treatment process.
• Tank draining and removal of pyralene transformers.
• Washing, dust removal and stripping of impregnated concrete.
• Demolition work, removal of materials and their recycling.
• The complementary activities of land decontamination and environmental and safety inspection.