Société Industrielle des Transports Automobiles
SITA (Société Industrielle des Transports Automobiles) is the main brand representing Suez Environnement's waste subsidiaries in Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific zone and Australia.
Following the merger of Suez company and Gaz de France in 2008, Suez Environnement became a listed group on the New York Stock Exchange, Brussels Stock Exchange and the Paris Stock Exchange. SITA is a significant part of the Suez Environnement business, which now as a waste management and water treatment specialist is fully focused on sustainable development.
It owns, operates or has submitted planning applications for a number of incineration and In-vessel composting  plants. Sita's services include business and residential waste disposal, street cleansing, landfill engineering, civic amenity site management and energy from waste.
SITA was taken over by Societe Lyonnaise des Eaux et de l'Eclairage in 1971 and became a part of La Compagniede SUEZ. The aim of the acquisition was to allow SITA to respond to the changes taking place in the market at the time.
New facilities were built to better manage the landfill process and to allow SITA to incinerate domestic waste. New markets were developed with local authorities, such as selective glass collection schemes and the collection and treatment and clinical waste from hospitals.
In 1997, La Compagnie de Suez and Lyonnaise des Eaux merged to form the new group, Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux and later Suez Environnement was created. Following the merger, the group gradually began to focus on two main areas: energy and environment developing new technologies for the treatment of waste, recycling and the production of renewable energy.
SITA has a range of facilities which allow waste to be returned to the circular economy in a number of different forms. At SITA's composting facilities, household and industrial waste is used to produce renewable raw materials such as green fertilisers. At SITA's energy recovery centres waste is used as a fuel to create heat and power which can then be used for lighting, either for housing or for industrial sites.
- Planning documentation In-vessel composting plant Tormarton, South Gloucestershire, UK, planning.southglos.gov.uk
- Application Number P203/08 (SA), In-vessel composting plant Cranbourne, Victoria, Australia. www.casey.vic.gov.au
- Sita background, www.sita.co.uk, Accessed 24.11.06