One of the key actions of the Circular Economy Action Plan was to produce a revised Regulation on Fertilisers, for which a proposal was presented in 2016.
The proposed revised Fertilisers Regulation would see an expansion of its scope to other fertilising product categories than the currently regulated ones (mineral fertilisers, liming materials, agronomic additives). Hence, it would provide an opportunity to make the recovery of nutrients from waste and other non-traditional sources a more attractive business across Europe.
In view of this wider scope, the Commission has taken the initiative to develop possible process and product criteria for secondary raw materials that could be used in the production of fertilising products.
In this context, the Commission has established a dedicated subgroup of the Fertilisers expert group that will provide non-binding advice to the European Commission on possible recovery rules for nutrients from eligible materials into struvite, biochar or ash-based fertilising materials. All documents related to this project can be consulted on the dedicated "JRC Recovered Fertilisers" Interest Group on the Commision's CIRCABC collaborative platform (free registration required).