Opening the EU market to organic fertilisers: a step further in the right direction of a circular economy

Date

26 Oct 2017

Sections

Agriculture & Food
Sustainable Dev.

Press release

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On 24 October, the European Parliament adopted its final position on the CE marked fertilising products Regulation. FEAD welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to maintain the limit value for lead as proposed by the European Commission (120 mg/kg dry matter). Our members consider that the opening of the EU market to organic fertilisers is a further step in a transition to a circular economy.
 
FEAD welcomes the extension of the scope of the Fertilisers Regulation to organic fertilisers and the Commission’s efforts to create a level-playing field between organic and inorganic fertilisers. Organic fertilisers contribute to a more circular economy, for example through phosphorus recovery thereby reducing the need for primary raw materials and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Adequate safety and quality requirements are crucial to ensure that the Revised Fertilisers Regulation will reach its objective to increase the use of recycled nutrients from organic sources.
 
 
For further information please contact:
Nadine De Greef – FEAD Secretary General: info@fead.be
 
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Note to the editor:
FEAD is the European Federation representing the European waste management industry. FEAD’s members are national waste management associations covering 19 Member States, Norway and Serbia. They have an approximate 60% share in the household waste market and handle more than 75% of industrial and commercial waste in Europe. Their combined annual turnover is approximately € 75 billion. FEAD represents about 3000 companies with activities in all forms of waste management. These companies employ over 320000 people who operate around 2400 recycling and sorting centres, 1100 composting sites, 260 waste-to-energy plants and 900 controlled landfills. They play an important role in the determination of the best environmental option for waste management problems.