Circular fertilisers for healthy soils

FER-PLAY is working to protect ecosystems, decrease EU dependence on fertiliser imports, and improve resource efficiency through the promotion of circular fertilisers. The project will map and assess circular fertilisers made from secondary raw materials and highlight their multiple benefits to foster their wide-scale production and application.

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The challenge

Conventional fertilisers are made using finite, often imported, resources and employing in some cases energy-intensive production processes. To ensure high yields, these fertilisers are optimised for the fast release of nutrients, making them an attractive choice for farmers but a threat to soil and ecosystem health.

Crops cannot absorb all the available nutrients – with plants absorbing just 25-50% of the available Nitrogen(N), 17% of phosphorous (P), and 50% of potassium (K). The excess nutrients leach in the soil, leading to the degradation of ecosystems and water and soil quality, including the reduction of the soil’s capacity to sequester CO2.

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Facilitating the Uptake of Circular Fertilisers

The opportunity

FER-PLAY is promoting circular fertilisers as a promising solution to this environmental challenge. These fertilisers offer an opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of fertilisers and close the loop between domestically available resources and required nutrients to be used in fertilising products.

Produced using nutrients recovered from locally sourced secondary raw materials, these fertilisers provide an alternative to incineration or landfilling that offers multiple potential benefits.

Circular fertilisers can provide yield benefits while minimising the risks associated with fast-acting conventional fertilisers, protecting the soil and water from nutrient enrichment.

Participate in the research

Sign up to take part in our social acceptance surveys to tell us what you think about circular fertilisers.

Are you a farmer/fertiliser end-user, producer, or a policy-maker/affiliated with local administration? Share your opinion and be part of the research!

FER-PLAY is conducting surveys to understand the needs of end-users and producers of fertilisers and learn their opinion on circular fertilisers. Select your preferred language from the drop down list below and tell us what you think!

FER-PLAY is creating additional surveys to assess the state of European production, limitations such as legal barriers, and social impact, from producers and local authorities. Register your interest in participating by providing your email below. The surveys will be anonymous, and the email address provided now will not be linked with your response