The Commission adopted new rules further building the circular economy for fertilising products. They ensure safe use of by-products and high purity materials as component materials in EU fertilising products and create new opportunities to recover nutrients from various waste streams.
The high purity materials concerned are ammonium salts, sulphate salts, phosphate salts, elemental sulphur, calcium carbonate and calcium oxide. Ammonium salts could be recovered from off-gases from manure, for example, and replace conventional nitrogen fertilisers. Similarly, phosphate salts may be recovered and provide an alternative to phosphate rock fertilisers.
All the materials have a significant market demand and have proven their high agronomic value during a long history of use in the field.
The new rules lay down safety requirements, such as limit values for the heavy metals chromium and vanadium, to ensure that such materials will not risk our health or environment.
The new rules are based on scientific assessments of the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). They are under the scrutiny of the European Parliament and the Council. If no objections are made, they will apply from 16 July 2022.
- Publication date
- 22 March 2022
- Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs