Toulouse

Reverse Logistics with Toulouse Métropole

Inside the logistic chain, the flow of a type of product has been little optimized and mutualized: waste. And this is the challenge that Toulouse Métropole would like to tackle through RAPTOR: the reverse logistics. Reverse logistics concerns the related flows generated by direct logistics activities (waste management, packaging, returns, etc.) and flows occurring at the customer’s site, beyond the initial delivery (use and end-of-life flows). Within the framework of the “zero waste restaurant” project, which is part of its Circular Economy roadmap, Toulouse Métropole wishes to stimulate the collection of waste from restaurants, and then its appreciation. 


Objectives and solution outcomes

The solution should include at least one of the following objectives:  

  • Develop inverse logistics solutions
  • Valorise the wastes
  • Optimise the last-mile delive logistics
  • Optimise the waste trucks logistics
  • Adaptable solutions for garbage collections

The solution can be given as any of the following:  

  • A software for last mile  / waste producers (eg: restaurants) logistics
  • A software for the city administration / waste management responsible
  • A smart container / (eg: with Information displays in case a container is full) or with micro compostage containers / containers that could generate energy.  
  • Other 
Toulouse market station neighbourhood in blue

Detailed Challenge Description

Toulouse is the capital of the French department of Haute Garonne and the region of Occitan, with a historic centre that attracts a noticeable number of tourists. Toulouse is as well university hub, having the last he fourth-largest student population in France after Paris, Lyon and Lille.  The Toulouse metropolitan area is one of the six main French logistics areas. Logistics is an essential function of the territory in the same way as public networks or infrastructures. It makes possible the running of urban territories, the supply of its inhabitants, the production, trade, and service activities and all the exchange activities necessary for economic growth. However, logistics is also inefficient, with a strong impact on the territory in terms of urban congestion, occupation, and consumption of urban or suburban space, noise, greenhouse gas emissions and local pollutants. This function, which is essential to the region and generates jobs and economic activity, ensures its mission of service to residents and businesses, but generates negative externalities that require work to improve knowledge and optimize resources.  Inside the logistic chain, the flow of a type of product has been little optimized and mutualized: waste.

And this is the challenge that Toulouse Métropole would like to tackle through RAPTOR: the reverse logistics. 

Reverse logistics concerns the related flows generated by direct logistics activities (waste management, packaging, returns, etc.) and flows occurring at the customer’s site, beyond the initial delivery (use and end-of-life flows). Reverse logistics enables the development and optimization of reverse flows in economic, energy or social terms, and is part of the broader issue of sustainable development, of which it is an essential link. This type of logistics requires a specific and well-thought-out organization upstream because it differs from direct logistics on several points. While the direct logistics chain allows to deliver from a single point several customers, the reverse logistics chain feeds a processing point from several origins, not favouring a coordination of the transports of the direct chain with those of the reverse chain.  

Within the framework of the “zero waste restaurant” project, which is part of its Circular Economy roadmap, Toulouse Métropole wishes to stimulate the collection of waste from restaurants, and then its appreciation. The solution to be developed within the RAPTOR project will be focused on the Toulouse market station neighbourhood where there is big density of restaurants.  


This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: eiturbanmobility.eu.