UTO and Valpellets SA
Understand the green power production and the upcycling of waste
UTO and Valpellets SA are two companies located on the same industrial estate in the heart of Valais, in Uvrier. UTO collects, processes and recycles various types of waste on behalf of the population in its 36 partner municipalities. Situated directly next to UTO, the waste depot serves as a sorting centre for multi-waste. The site is reserved for the collection of all types of household and industrial waste. Valpellets, on the other hand, produces and distributes wood pellets which are used to heat private homes and public buildings. Valpellets uses the thermal and electric heat produced by UTO to dry the sawdust or timber required to make the pellets.
The tour covers three different areas and informs visitors about industrial ecology.
- Welcome of participants
- Presentation of the industrial site UTO in the meeting room
- Visit of the waste reception center – It consists of several sectors to facilitate the sorting and the recycling of waste
- Visit of the Sewage plant UTO. The visitor can discover and understand the essential role of a factory wich upcycles waste in the environmental management of the canton
- Visit of the production site where the « pellets » made from wood are produced. The advantages of this way of heating are explained throughout the different stages which marks out the manufacturing process