In English

Background

In 2017, three Finnish associations set a common goal to create a national quality assurance system for the recycled nutrient products. Those associations are:
The Finnish Association for Biological Waste Treatment (”Biolaitosyhdistys”)
The Finnish Biogas Association (”Suomen Biokaasuyhdistys”)
The Finnish Water Utilities Association (FIWA, ”Suomen vesilaitosyhdistys”)

The project

After the pre-studies in 2017 the associations were ready to start a project named ”Lara laaturavinne” for the creation of the QAS. In spring 2018 the project received Government’s key projects financing from The Finnish Ministry of Environment and the effectively work could start. Other financers for the project launching on 2018-2019 are The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and nine digesting and/or composting companies:
Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY
Honkajoki Oy
Kekkilä Oy
LABIO Oy
Lakeuden Etappi Oy
Lammin Puutarhamulta
Mustankorkea Oy
Ab Stormossen Oy
Vehkosuon Komposti Oy

Those companies have big possibilities in today’s circular economy, because
– they utilize biowaste materials very exhaustive: separately collected biowaste, biowaste from industry and trade, different biomasses, manure, ashes and sewage sludge
– they produce organic ferlizers and renewable energy, biogas
– their fertilizer products improve the quality of soil: increasing the amount of humus and stimulating the microbiological life and promoting the carbon binding

The steering group of the project consists of representatives from important public and private interest groups:
Biolan Oy
Gasum Oy
Natural Resources Institute Finland
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)
Association of ProAgria Centres
Finnish Food Authority
Finnish Environment Institute
The Finnish Association of Landscape Industries

The process

The project aims to o create a quality system and quality label for fertiliser products, which have been processed from recycled materials in biogas and composting plants or other similar processing plants. The milestones of the project are:
• Study for the principles for the QAS
• Quality Handbook
• Graphic instructions for the quality label
• Pilot-process for testing the QAS in companies
• Database software for QAS
• Economic plan for QAS

In the project work we have utilized the ECN-QAS Quality Manual as well as the German Qualitäts-management Handbuch (QMH) RAL Gütesicherung Kompost. During the project will several workshops be organised and the project will be presented in many events and fairs, as well as in special journals and social media.

The QAS is a service and tool for the users of fertilizer products as well as for the producers, advisors, researchers and authorities. It will increase the use of recycled nutrients, taking advantage of the waste streams from other sectors, and reduce the eutrophication of water bodies. The intention is to launch the first products to comply with the new quality system onto the market at the beginning of 2020.

At the beginning of 2019, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra published ”The Critical move – Finnish road map to a circular economy 2016-2025” and our project is one good example there. See

On spring 2019 the project operator will change: a new association has been founded, namely The Finnish Biocycle and Biogas Association. It will comprehensively continue the work of Finnish Association for Biological Waste Treatment and Finnish Biogas Association, and also take care of the quality assurance project.

Contacts:

Juha Pirkkamaa
Project Manager
jpirkkamaa@gmail.com
Tel. +358 40 580 3692

  +358 40 580 3692

  jpirkkamaa@gmail.com