• STRUBIAS – EU Fertilisers Regulation criteria for struvite, biochars, ashes
    • interim draft report & annexes and “nutrient recovery rules” (CMC requirements) for comment, EU JRC 24/5/2017
      NOTE: This is a DRAFT for comment, circulated by the European Commission JRC 24th May 2017. The Commission has specified that comments will be accepted ONLY via members of the STRUBIAS working group. Therefore please send any comments or questions to ESPP by end July 2017 ()
    • The JRC STRUBIAS interim draft report proposals for ash effectively EXCLUDE sewage sludge incineration ash, because the proposed “nutrient recovery rules” are conceived for ashes which are used directly on fields. The contaminant limits and nutrient plant availability criteria will exclude the use of sewage sludge incineration ash, even where processed (removing contaminants, chemical modification) to manufacture fertiliser products. See explanation in document linked. ESPP has therefore developed proposals for CMC criteria for “ash-as-an-ingredient”. Comments are welcome on these proposals

  • Nitrates Directive / recycled nutrient products from manure
    The EU Nitrates Directive specifies lower application limits for manure “even in a processed form” than for mineral fertilisers. Depending on application, this can discriminate against recycled nutrient products made from or partly from manure. ESPP is developing proposals to address this, whilst continuing to ensure environmental protection
  • EU Fertiliser Regulation recast: taking recovered nutrient products into account in the EU Fertiliser Regulatin revision. The EU published the full regulation proposal text (17-03-2016) and ESPP made a summary in SCOPE Newsletter 120. ESPP has provided the following input to the European Commission:
  • Phosphorus recycling legistlation at national level in Europe:
    • Switzerland: obligation to recover phosphorus from all sewage sludge and slaughterhouse waste (adopted), see SCOPE Newsletter n° 118 (page 13)
    • Germany: obligation to recover phosphorus from larger wastewater treatment plants (in adoption process), see eNews no. 7 and no. 6 and SCOPE Newsletter n° 122
    • Austria: proposed mandatory phosphorus recovery from sewage sludge (2016, in adoption process), see ESPP news item
    • Sweden: proposed national ordinance on sustainable phosphorus recycling by EPA (2013, no follow up yet), see SCOPE Newsletter n° 123 (page 11) and n° 97 (page 2)
  • Information note on regulatory status of recovered struvite (REACH, Fertiliser Regulation, End-of-Waste) and see SCOPE Newsletter n° 124

  • Organic Farming Regulation: proposed validation of recycled P products (struvite, calcined phosphates) - see ESPP eNews n° 4

  • REACH (EU chemicals regulation):
  • Best available techniques (BAT) BREFs (Industrial Emissions Directive):
    • BAT for waste incineration – objective: take into account the recovery of phosphorus from ashes, including inciting separative incineration of high-P streams to generate ash with P-recovery potential (mono-incineration of sewage sludge, not mixing with industrial sludge or municipal solid wastes)
    • BAT for intensive pig & poultry production – see SCOPE Newsletter n° 116, see also ESPP letter to EID Forum 30/9/2015

  • Best management practices (BEMPs): EMAS (EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme Regulation) “agriculture” – see SCOPE Newsletter n° 116

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