One advantage of retirement is that you’re free to spend your time on stuff that most people might see as pointless. Which is why I’ve been deep-diving into déchetteries – or should that be déchèteries? You see different spellings depending on where you live.
Bordeaux goes for the double T version. The mairie at Saint-Aulaye agrees, but the outfit that takes care of the commune’s garbage, SMD3, prefers a single T, albeit without a grave over the second E.
My most up-to-date French dictionary – le Nouveau Petit Larousse, printed in 1943, doesn’t include the word, but defines déchet as something “perdu dans l’emploi d’une matière”. It gives as an example a piece of meat lost in wool – and who hasn’t gone through that horror?
Turns out the word was “invented” in 1987. The Academie française ruled that it should be spelt déchèterie. The European Union disagreed and went for déchetterie. Looks like you can take your pick. Well, that’s another day of retirement well spent.
Ours is spelt déchèterie , but they probably pronounce it differently down here - déchèterie with as much emphasis as possible on the last syllable (I suspect to piss off Parisian owners of maisons secondaires)
Frankly, I’m tempted to simply type “Dump” or “Tip”… as my fingers tangle themselves when using the correct French word (whichever way one spells it) … but neither English word is really suitable to describe the excellently-run sites where our local rubbish/waste management is organized.
I hadn’t noticed this until Sue highlighted it by quoting.
Our local ‘waste disposal centre’ at Ardley appears very much like the facility at Celle-en-Morvan, with multiple containers for different waste types, recycling for electronics, engine oil, metals etc, plus disposal of hazardous materials like asbestos by prior arrangement. It’s been more-or-less like this for 30+ years. At times they’ve had areas where people could place still functioning but unwanted kit for others to take away, although with modern liability culture that’s all had to go.
There is a larger facility in Autun, where it was recommended we take some waste heating oil because this smaller local dechet(t)erie can’t hanle that kind of material.
A wonderful example of pronunciation last night. We were at a small concert of local singers, who interact with the audience. At one point in introducing the next number they said it had also been covered by ….pause…couldn’t remember name……pause…the person who wrote Major Tom.
We immediately said David Bowie. Blankness,
Someone else said Daavidd Boughie. Happy smile, yes that’s him!
No, the stress such as it is, is on the last syllable. People might possibly, in parts of the south, make rie into 2 syllables, ri-eu with a bit of a schwa on the last eu.
Thanks, for such an informative response,
By contrast my post was highly speculative as I’ve never actually heard my immediate neighbours mention the place, I suspect they don’t use it at all, but merely from time to time leave some horrible old piece of furniture next to the recycling bin. The binmen won’t take it and if it hasn’t been grabbed by some passerby (as recently happened with a whole staircase that we’d removed) after a couple of weeks I take it to the aforementioned place on their behalf.
Is there a French term for such a person - un dechetèreur de voisinage?
Have you checked whether you have ‘monstres’ in your commune? Here it happens 3 times a year on set dates and the commune (not the waste body) comes and takes whatever you leave outside. Formally I think it is encombrents.
In some places like Paris, you just register on line and get a reference number you stick onthe object and it will be removed.
Many communes have systems, so as not to mess up their patch.