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From the 1st of January 2015 it is allowed to use three recovered phosphates (struvite, magnesium phosphate and dicalcium phosphate DCP) as a fertilizer in the Netherlands. This includes recovered phosphates from wastewater and agricultural waste. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has realized this improvement in the fertilizer law in cooperation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to support the creation of a market for recycled phosphorus. This is a successful result of the Dutch Nutrient Platform’s action since 2011, in particular the Dutch Phosphate Value Chain Agreement signed by more than 20 companies, knowledge institutes, NGO’s and the Netherlands Government. The recovered phosphates are allowed for use as a fertilizer only if the products do not exceed the requirements for heavy metals and organic micro-pollutants applicable for regular fertilizers. For more information (in Dutch) please click here.
German, Flanders and Dutch Phosphorus platforms organise a joint-event for promotion of recycled fertilisers. The "Recycled Phosphate Marketing Event" aims to spread the word about the availability and quality of the secondary phosphates, already produced in several places in Europe. Positive experiences of the farmers with the novel fertilisers are discussed, against the background of phosphorus challenge and possibilities offered by the circular phosphate fertiliser market.The event takes place on 21st of January 2015 during the world's largest  food and agriculture exhibition, The International Green Week, in Berlin and is hosted by the Dutch Embassy. More information.
The European Commission has added phosphate rock to the list of 20 Critical Raw Materials, for which supply security is at risk and economic importance is high. Phosphate rock is identified as non-substitutable and of high economic importance. The updated list results from analysis of 54 non-energy, non-food materials including both abiotic and biotic materials. European policies to address raw materials criticality and dependency include improving efficiency of materials use and recycling, waste policy and international cooperation to address supply security.

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    eMarket launched!

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    The eMarket platform enables match making between suppliers of recovered nutrients and potential end-users looking for secondary raw materials and products. The plattform is accessible through the ESPP website. The non-commercial plattform facilitates the market development for secondary nutrients. Interested companies, utilities, farmers and other nutrient suppliers or users are invited to register their offer or requirements online. Use and participation are free of charge with information/content given on voluntarily base. See how it works, and register as a user here. The eMarket has been developed within the P-REX project.

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    India, Bagalore: recycling of water & nutrients in an ecosystem and farming, potential and issues https://t.co/P075zVJ259

    RBB (11), Renewable Resources & BioRefineries, York UK, 3-5 June. Call for abstracts on nutrient cycling -> 31/3/15 http://t.co/ZhIlnTgfgI

    Everglades Foundation Grand Challenge 10M US$ for P-removal and recycling solutions: present at ESPC2 Berlin 6/3/15 http://t.co/XKaFV4DQHo

    300 registrations already for ESPC2 (2nd European Sustainable P Conference), Berlin 5-6 March. Register by Fri 27/2 http://t.co/XKaFV4DQHo

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