Im Dohlenbruch 11
D-44795 Bochum (Germany)
EU-VAT No.: DE 813811932

Tel.: +49 (0) 234-438 94 47
Fax: +49 (0) 234-438 94 48

European Compost Network ECN e.V. (former ORBIT Assoc.) is a registered association at Amtsgericht Bochum No. VR 4604

EU Transparency Register: 26513411360-51

Responsible for the websites content is Dr Stefanie Siebert, Executive Director of the ECN.



ECN Board (Legal representatives):

  • Henrik Lystad, Norway (Chairman)
  • Massimo Centemero, Italy (Vicechair)
  • Mait Kriipsalu, Estonia (Vicechair)


Contents of the Web Site

ECN makes every effort to ensure that the material contained in its web site is current, complete and correct. Despite this errors and mistakes cannot be completely ruled out.

ECN does not accept liability for the relevance, accuracy or completeness of the information and material offered in its web site unless the mistake occurred intentionally or through gross negligence. This refers to any loss, additional costs or damage of any kind suffered as a result of any use of any material in this web site.

The Layout of the Homepage, graphics and pictures used and the collection of individual contributions are protected by copyright. ECN reserves all rights including the rights of photomechanical reproduction, the duplication and distribution via special processes (e.g. data processing, data carriers, data networks).

Header images: © Pixabay
Other photos: © Dr. Stefanie Siebert, ECN e.V.

Design and Technical Realisation
The website was designed and implemented by the Communication agency De Lynx, Netherlands.

Links to Third Party Information
The verdict passed on the 12th May 1998 by the LG Hamburg rules that the inclusion of links also leads to co-responsibility of the material offered via these links. The LG Hamburg has declared that it is only possible to disclaim responsibility by expressly distancing oneself from the contents of the web sites.

ECN web site links to third party information providers. ECN has no influence on the contents or reliability of the web sites of these third party information providers. The following therefore applies to all links.

"ECN has no influence on the design and contents of third party internet web sites. ECN therefore expressly distances itself from the material of all third party internet web sites, even if ECN web site links to these external sites."The declaration is valid for all links given on our web site and the material of all sites reached via banners and links on the ECN web site.

Your privacy
At ECN we value your privacy and we only request personal data which are necessary for the performance of our mission. We keep you informed about the way we use your data, as well as your rights under the relevant European legislations ( The European Compsot Network will respect the privacy of our customers and ECN will not sell, trade, or rent your personal information. Where you are invited to submit personal information online (e-mail address, names, postal addresses) the submission of this information is purely voluntary. The ECN expressly declares that the information submitted will not be passed on to third parties. We respect the privacy of our users and commit ourselves to handle the personal data of our customers with utmost secrecy.  Any offer you have accepted at any time you may withdraw at any time.

A note on Google Analytics: This Website uses Google Analytics, a web-based monitoring service of Google Inc. (Google). Google Analytics uses so called cookies, text files, which are saved on your computer to analyse your interaction with the Website. The information generated by the cookie (including your IP address) is transferred to a Google server in the USA where it is saved. Google subsequently uses this information to evaluate your interaction with the Site, to compile reports on website activities for the website hosts and to provide other services in connection to website and internet usage. Google may also provide this information to third-parties, if it is required by law, or if third-parties process this information for Google. In no case Google shall associate your IP address with other data at Google Inc. There is a function in your browser where you may disallow the installation of cookies; we would, however, like to point out that in case you do this, you will probably not be able to use all the functions of this site to their full extent. By using this Website you agree to the processing of the data by Google in the above mentioned way and for the purpose described above.

Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under

You can refuse the use of Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set on the computer, which prevents the future collection of your data when visiting this website:
<a href=“javascript:gaOptout()“>Disable Google Analytics</a>

Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at or at

Legal validity
This general disclaimer is part of the material offered in the ECN web site. If any of the terms and conditions should be determined invalid by reason of the relevant laws then the remaining terms and conditions shall remain in full effect. In any case of doubt caused by translation, the german version is legally obligatorly.