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
Total budget NOK 17.5 mill
Budget this year NOK 3.5 mill
Funding source Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Waste resources are complex materials that are strongly varying in terms of composition, quantity and quality. Therefore, several barriers will have to be overcome to realise efficient nutrient cycling. For example, large amounts of water in many waste resources can result in difficulties related to handling and application as fertiliser, and that transport is costly over large distances. Further, 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.

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