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ecn E-BULLETIN No. 07_2019 27 June 2019
European Commission
European Fertilising Product Regulation is published

On 25 June 2019 the EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) (EU) 2019/1009 has been published in the Official Journal of the EU. The FPR will enter into force on the 15 of July 2019.

This regulation includes EU-wide end-of-waste criteria for compost and digestate which can be used in organic fertilisers, soil improvers and growing media. After the implementation phase of three years CE-marked soil improvers and growing media can be placed on the Union market.

The EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) (EU) 2019/1009 is available in all EU official languages at:

ECN Joint Task Group Meeting 24 September 2019
Workshop on the impact of the Fertilisers Regulation on marketing compost and digestate 

With the publication of the new EU Fertilising Products Regulation (FPR) (EU) 2019/1009 the implementation phase of the new regulation will start.

Still open questions occur, how compost and digestate can be placed as fertilising products on the European market. Therefore, ECN will organise for its members a joint Task Group meeting on quality assurance and the new Fertilising Product Regulation on 24 September 2019 in Brussels.

Members of ECN are welcomed to join this meeting. Further information and the agenda of the meeting is available in the member area of ECN’s website

Members Area > ECN Task Groups > Area European Policy > TG Fertiliser


19 September 2019

6th International Practitioner Day on Composting

The Austrian Compost and Biogas Association (KBVÖ) is holding the “6th International Practitioner Day” on 19th September 2019 in Alberndorf/Riedmark (Upper Austria/Austria).

Please have a look at the last practitioner day in 2017. (Video)
Please find the preliminary program of the event here.

The practitioner day is taking place during the Austrian Study Tour from 15-20 September 2019 and will start in Vienna, Austria.

ECN members are kindly invited to take part in this Study Tour with a reduced fee. More information and the program on the Austrian Study Tour can be found here.

Study Tour on Bio-waste Collection and Recycling 2019

The ISWA Study Tour will take place from 29 September to 3 October 2019 and will start in Milan, Italy. In cooperation with CIC, ECN, ECOMONDO and ATIA ISWA ITALIA, this four-day Study Tour will give municipal solid waste managers and decision-makers an overview of current best-practices in separate collection and recycling of organic waste in record setting Northern Italian cities: Milan and Verona.

You will learn from accompanied technical site visits and workshops by senior international experts from leading organisations such as ISWA, CIC, ECN and Ecomondo. Circular economy for organic waste needs recycling facilities and the ISWA Study Tour covers composting to biomethane production both in medium and jumbo scale; plus new techniques such as recovery of CO2 and excess heat will be explored.

Topics include:

  • Circular Economy for the bio-waste sector in Europe
  • Separate bio-waste collections in different metropolitan areas and in smaller settlements
  • The role of compostable plastics
  • Best practices and treatment facilities for the treatment of organic waste collected in cities
  • Composting, anaerobic digestion and biorefineries (Innovative aerobic biological treatment)
  • Upgrading techniques from biogas to biomethane (i.e. green natural gas)
  • CO2 recycling at biogas facilities: technologies and opportunities
  • MBT treatment of mixed MSW
  • Compost and soil: climate impacts

ECN members are kindly invited to take part in this Study Tour with a reduced fee.

More information on the ISWA Study Tour can be found here.

7-9 October 2019, Bilbao (ES)
ISWA World Congress 2019

Bilbao is expecting up to 1,200 experts, decision makers and visitors from around the world. The congress is being organized by ECN member ATEGRUS, ISWA National Member in Spain, in cooperation with the International Solid Waste Association – ISWA.

This global meeting will be based on a scientific programme focused on sustainable waste management, circular economy and resource efficiency. The participants will be welcome to share their critical thinking and to discuss creative ideas on the featured issues of the Congress.

More information on the ISWA World congress can be found here.

News from ECN
ECN Annual Report 2018

The ECN Annual Report is published and is available for download here.

ECN Status Report 2019
European Bio-Waste Management

In April, ECN published its first "STATUS REPORT" on European bio-waste management, summarising the extent to which eighteen European countries collect bio-waste, process it in biological treatment plants and market the various compost and digestate products. According to the broad interest in the report it is obvious that this data collection filled an information gap.

The online-version can be ordered for 50 € and the printed version for 75 € plus shipping costs by sending an email to

Please notice that ALL bank fees most be taken by the customer.

For ECN members, the PDF online-version is available for free on the ECN website in the internal part.


For more information concerning the ECN STATUS REPORT, please find the press release here.

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