Recognising the need to secure and re-use clean phosphate and valuable organic carbon and nutrients being lost to waste in the EU, recent regulatory developments have qualified the opportunity for selling and creating Thallo® in the UK and the EU.
These new EU fertiliser regulations (2019) establish the need to make use of recycled or organic material for fertiliser purposes as part of the EU’s ‘circular economy’ drive, they state:
‘Harmonised conditions for making fertilisers made from such recycled or organic materials available on the entire internal market should be established in order to provide an important incentive for their further use. Promoting increased use of recycled nutrients would further aid the development of the circular economy and allow a more resource-efficient general use of nutrients, while reducing Union dependency on nutrients from third countries. The scope of the harmonisation should therefore be extended in order to include recycled and organic materials.’
EDL’s novel fertiliser ‘Thallo®’ falls neatly into the ‘Solid Organo-Mineral Fertiliser’ category by containing two or more declared primary nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium), with at least 7.5% organic carbon content: Thallo® contains up to 30% organic carbon.
The Regulations posted on the EU web site EU 2019/1009 of the 5th June 2019 allow EU fertilising product complying with the requirements of this Regulation to be allowed to move freely on the internal market.
Encouragingly, these regulations also limit toxic heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, chromium VI, nickel and lead adding further necessary restrictions to prevent bioaccumulation of these elements in the food chain: Thallo® is virtually free of heavy metals and in particular cadmium, as we recognised early in the product development that food supply must not be inadvertently contaminated by organic fertiliser, and our feedstock is selected accordingly.
‘Contaminants in EU fertilising products, such as cadmium, could pose a risk to human, animal or plant health, to safety or to the environment as they accumulate in the environment and enter the food chain.’
EDL’s patented fertiliser process already complies with EC 1069/2009 regulations which stipulate the methods of sterilising animal by-products, and then further downstream processes to make use of these products.
The new regulations recognise that organic soil improvers and fertilisers derived from sustainable phosphate sources such as bone are vital to ensure the long-term provisions for EU phosphate fertiliser demand and reduce the reliance on rock phosphate reserves conventionally imported from non-EU countries.
It’s great to see that our work with regulatory and research organisations over the last few years has contributed to the development of the new regulations and that Thallo® sits perfectly for EU and global use.