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ecn E-BULLETIN No. 02_2017 01 March 2017
EP Plenary Vote on 14 March 2017
MEPs are asked to vote for mandatory separate collection of bio-waste

On 14 March the European Parliament will vote in the Plenary on the waste legislative proposals of the Circular Economy Package.

The ENVI report on the WFD sends a clear signal towards high quality recycling. ECN feels that the inclusion of a definition of organic recycling and the obligation for separate collection of bio-waste will lead to improved sustainable bio-waste management in Europe.

Please find the ECN recommendations on bio-waste aspects in the Waste Framework Directive for the final vote in the Plenary here.

EP Committees IMCO, ENVI and AGRI - work in progress
Draft report and opinions on Fertilising Product Regulation published

Besides the publication of the draft report on the proposal for a fertilising product regulation by the rapporteur MEP Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz on 14 March 2017, the ENVI and the AGRI Committee published their opinions at the beginning of February.

Based on the ECN’s position, the European Compost Network will follow-up the debate with the MEPs of the relevant Committees by proposing amendments on the draft report and opinions. The debate is followed on the time schedule below:

IMCO time schedule

  • Consideration of the draft report: 20/03
  • Deadline for amendments: 28/03
  • Consideration of the amendments: 11/05
  • Consideration of compromise amendments: 21/06
  • Adoption of the report in IMCO: 12/07
  • Adoption of the report in Plenary: September 2017

ENVI and AGRI time schedule

  • Consideration of the draft opinion: 27/02
  • Deadline for amendments: 07/03
  • Consideration of the amendments: 10/04
  • Adoption of the opinion: 30/05

10 March 2017 Joint Field Trip
European Compost Network and Growing Media Europe organise a study tour to composting and growing media production in practice

On 10 March the European Compost Network and Growing Media Europe organise a joint field trip for the assistants of MEPs and the policy advisors of the political groups with regard to the Commission’s Fertilisers Proposal.

This trip will give an exclusive insight into growing media and compost production and an opportunity to discuss how this sector will be of assistance in achieving the objectives set-out by the EU Fertilising Product proposal. Both organisations welcome the Commission’s proposal by including growing media, soil improvers and organic fertilisers in the scope of the Regulation and laying down rules for making them available as CE fertilising products for the harmonised EU market.

Italian Composting and Biogas Association - CIC
CIC survey on paper and cellulosic items inside food-waste

The Italian Composting and Biogas Association (CIC) has published the results of a four-years investigation about the presence of paper scraps inside food-waste collected separately.

This investigation is part of CIC’s long-term strategy to survey and ameliorate the quality of compost produces in Italy. Currently more than 6.1 million [metric] tonnes of food and garden waste were collected separately in Italian cities. According to the results, cellulosic items account between 2% and 3 % in weight [f.m.] of food waste in Italy.
The results are summarised in the fact sheet ‘Characterisation of the content of cellulose items inside food-waste from separate collection’, published by CIC.

ECN Members
European Compost Network welcomes two new members

In 2017 two new members have joined the ECN: BGORJ - a Danish bio-waste organisation and Biosolids S.A., a Greek composting plant.

BGORJ - Danish Association for Organic Recycling - soil improvement and carbon storage works to embrace academic as well as political issues and issues related to the promotion of recycling of organic waste products for agricultural purposes. The Association will promote knowledge about recycling of organic residues used for agricultural purposes.
The Association works on issues of importance to legislation in this area and ensure improved decision basis for public authorities and decision makers in ministries, local authorities and the EU. The association strives for representation from all table-to-soil chain.

Biosolids S.A. is a bio waste organisation, which is engaged in producing soil-improvement products (organohumic fertilizers and soil enhancers) through biomass and solid waste composting.  
The operating plant in northern Greece, Pella prefecture, has the management capacity of 17,500 tons of organic waste (organic crop residues, food industry waste, sludge from wastewater treatment plants). They use the aerobic composting process and produce a soil enhancing material (compost) of high nutritional value. Their goal is to implement a rational approach to waste and biomass management, driven by the care for the environment and sustainable development.

RAMRIAN 2017, 4-7 September 2017, Wexford (IE)
Extended deadline for abstract submission

The abstract submission deadline for the 17th International RAMIRAN conference on has been extended to the 10th March 2017.
The overall theme of RAMIRAN 2017 is 'Sustainable utilization of manures and residue resources in agriculture' and abstracts can be submitted to the following sub-themes:
  • Advances in technologies
  • Crop nutrition
  • Gaseous emissions
  • Soil & water quality
  • Adoption and impact  

Please follow the RAMIRAN 2017 website for further information.


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