In 2016, the EcoMégot project was born in Bordeaux to take up a challenge: to make the cigarette butt, this urban micro-waste, a vector of jobs for the populations which are the most distant from it. Since its beginnings, the project has therefore insisted on being part of a social raison d’être , in other words the creation of sustainable local jobs, which cannot be relocated, by promoting local economic development. This is reflected in different ways in the implementation of the project in Bordeaux, then everywhere in France today.
EcoMégot’s first steps in the world of SSE
EcoMégot is a solution for raising awareness, collecting and recycling cigarette butts, with the ambition of creating jobs and social links, thanks to the three activities of the solution.
Thus, since 2016, EcoMégot has been working hand in hand with the Unis-Cité association, in order to be able to offer civic service positions. Each year, EcoMégot welcomes two to four young people in civic service volunteering on eco-activities missions.
The goal? Raise awareness among all citizens of the environmental impacts of cigarette butts by creating educational kits for all audiences, by running awareness stands and workshops in schools, businesses, and events or in communities.
In 2016, the first EcoMégot ashtrays were manufactured by a Worksite Integration Workshop, Fil de Faire, in Bègles, specializing in supporting employees on the path to integration into metalworking trades. Locally made, the first EcoMégot ashtrays installed in several communities are imbued with this social commitment and this anchoring in the ESS.
In 2019, the ÉcoMégot project grew and is now stamped with ESUS approval , recognition by the State of the project’s social commitments.
This approval attests that the ÉcoMégot project undertakes to participate in the creation of local jobs , in particular in the integration process, in order to allow people removed from employment to re-enter the professional world , thanks to socio-professional support systems.
Since 2016, ÉcoMégot has enabled the creation of more than 10 direct jobs, and has participated in the achievement of more than 3,000 hours of integration through a solid network of around thirty trusted SSE partners, throughout France. Thus, these are Workshops Chantiers d’Insertion, Adapted Enterprises, and Integration Enterprises, which put their expertise in local logistics for the benefit of the EcoMégot project!
A member of CRESS NA, EcoMégot is part of the local SSE networks in order to constantly create synergies with SSE stakeholders in the area.