Active Last updated: 29.05.2017
End: dec 2021
Start: jan 2017

Optimal utilisation of waste resources will be indispensable in the future bioeconomy. In this strategical institute programme, we aim at contributing to the future bioeconomy by providing new knowledge on sustainable use of waste resources as fertiliser in agriculture. 

Status Active
Start - end date 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2021
Project manager Eva Brod
Division Division of Environment and Natural Resources
Budget this year NOK 3.15 mill
Funding source Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Even though organic waste resources can contain large amounts of nutrients, which can be utilised for the production of new crops, currently they are not efficiently recycled. 

Waste resources are complex materials that are strongly varying in terms of composition, quantity and quality. Several barriers will have to be overcome to realise efficient nutrient cycling.

One of them is the large geographical distance between areas with nutrient surplus and areas in need of nutrients. To utilise nturients in waste resources, they have to be transported to where they are needed.

Large amounts of water in many waste resources, however, results in transport being costly and unsustainable, as well as in difficulties related to handling and application as fertiliser

Also, unknown quality of waste resources as fertiliser is often hindering efficient and environmentally friendly use.

Waste resources can contain environmental pollutants and pathogenic microorganisms. Especially microplastics have lately received gained focus.

Also, acceptance of waste resources as fertiliser by farmers is unknown, and nutrient recycling can lead to environmental problem shifting.

In this project we aim at providing new knowledge to contribute to solving these challenges, and to promote the sustainable use of organic waste resources as fertiliser in agriculture. 

The project is divided into 5 work packages:

Work package 1: Sustainable concentration/separation of nutrients

- Work package 2: Use of organic waste resources as fertiliser

- Work package 3: Microplastics and other undesirable components

- Work package 4: Socioeconomic barriers and decision support

- Work package 5 is dedicated to project coordination and dissemination. Work package leader: Eva Brod

Publications in the project