The origin of the Ecollect company dates back to 1998, when Jean-Marie ALAMELLE, with 15 years of experience in the Bollards, made an observation: 

“Waste-collecting wheeled bins, while useful, are unsightly and foul-smelling. » 

From then on, he came up with the idea of burying the household waste collection bins using an innovative lift system. 

To perfectly represent this new challenge, Jean-Marie Alamelle gave birth to the name ‘ECOLLECT’: “E” for Ecology, “collection” for collectivity and collection. 

After having developed his idea around a system integrating into the urban landscape, it is by: 

  • 1999 that ends the ECOBAC, with a 1st installation in the city of Carpentras. 
  • 2002 the ECOBAC 360, pedestrian basket with a first installation on the prestigious site of Pont du Gard. 
  • 2008 -2009 ECOHUILE, ECOTISSUS and ECOABRI complete the range. 
  • 2021-2022 Creation of the 1st solar-powered ECOBAC and the Biowaste ECOBAC 

Since then, ECOBAC has been revamping, decluttering public spaces and cleaning up for more than 20 years with several thousand systems installed in French and foreign hyper-city centers and on remarkable geographical sites. 

Interview with Mary Alamelle – Escouffier, Communication manager at Ecollect

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company? 

Mary Alamelle – Escouffier: The main activities of the company are the manufacture, delivery and installation of lifts for wheeled bins (underground containers). 

We have developed a range of lifts for rolling bins from 240 to 770 liters. 

E.E: What’s the news about new products? 

M.A.E: We have 3 flagship products: 

  • For hypermarkets – ECOBAC 1500: Underground container with lifts for two wheeled bins of 750 to 770 liters collection by portable engine. 
  • For parks and gardens and playgrounds: ECOBAC 360: Underground container with lifts for rolling bins from 240 to 750 liters collection by portable engine. 
  • Renewable Energies: Solar ECOBAC: Buried container with elevators equipped with solar panel with collection by remote control. 

E.E: What are the ranges of products? 

M.A.E: Our product range is divided into 3 parts: 

  • The ECOBAC range: Lifts for wheeled bins for household waste with several choices of collection mode: portable motor/column/EDF/Solar connection 
  • The Large Capacity Range: A range for large capacity collection by crane 
  • Complementary products: ECOTISSUS for clothing, ECOHUILE for waste and mineral oils and ECOABRI the classic container cover. 

E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active? 

M.A.E: We have 3 core targets: 

  • Communities, town halls, metropolis 
  • Public Works 
  • The architects 

Most of the time, its organizations which launch calls for tenders for the redevelopment of cities. 

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends? 

M.A.E: 2022 remains an important year where environmental awareness begins to emerge. 

We are witnessing more and more a search for furniture that integrates into the environment. 

E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed? 

M.A.E: Our latest innovation is the adaptation of our wheeled bin lift to solar collection. 

E.E: What estimations do you have for 2022? 

M.A.E: Like many companies, we cannot predict our year 2022 after 2 years of covid-19, despite everything we are seeing a lot of requests related to building construction.