Fertiliser Recycling Elzenburg
The most suitable solution for the manure surplus in Brabant
Manure. For livestock farmers, governments and many citizens in North Brabant, it is a hot item. Good manure is indispensable to our food production. But in our region, we are dealing with a surplus: more manure is produced than the Brabant soil can absorb. At the same time, though, the global demand for organic fertiliser as an alternative for artificial manure is growing significantly. This offers opportunities! OOC Terminals and the Mineralen Afzet Coöperatie Elsendorp (MACE, Mineral Sales Cooperation Elsendorp) want to provide a significant boost to sustainable, circular agriculture and society through their plans for a fertiliser factory.
The regional manure surplus has a negative influence on the environment and the biodiversity in our region. Citizens are worried about the living environment and the odour nuisance, and livestock farmers are wondering where to take their surplus. This should and can change. Manure should no longer be a problem, but a valuable material. We can use it globally to improve soil depleted by the use of artificial manure, thus meeting the increasing demand for food. Together with MACE, we are about to take the first concrete steps in this process.
Processing 500,000 tonnes of manure
We aim for the foundation of a factory for the production of organic fertilisers. This factory can process over 500,000 tonnes of manure slurry and turn it into high-quality fertilisers for agriculture and horticulture both within the Netherlands and abroad. In order to transport these substances across larger distances, the manure is concentrated by removing surplus water. In addition, the product is cleaned, the valuable substances are made suitable for safe and sustainable cultivation and we can return over 4 million litres of clean water to nature via the canal. Thanks to the size of the installation, we can turn raw materials into the end product in a single operation, without any waste flows. Moreover, we can take and maintain all measures required to safeguard the liveability and safety in the surrounding region.
The intended location of the factory – on the OOC Terminals grounds – also offers benefits for the environment. Thanks to the direct connection to the railway network, inland shipping and a container terminal, logistics will be efficient and sustainable. Plus: thanks to our transport options we cannot only deliver organic fertiliser abroad, but also bring back other goods, such as materials used in the production of food for humans and animals, which are in high demand in Brabant. This way, we effectively contribute to a circular market and sustainable, circular agriculture and, in turn, to the environmental objectives that were established.
Independent environmental assessment
Recent studies show that the factory does not pose an increased risk to the health of local residents. Similarly, taking into account the existing industry in the surroundings, there will no additional odour nuisance. This seems to indicate that the installation fits within the currently applicable laws and regulations. The national independent advisory committee MER – MER stands for milieueffectrapportage (Environmental Impact Assessment) – is currently assessing the highly extensive MER submission note. OOC Terminals and MACE are looking forward to the environmental assessment by this committee.
More about manure
Want to know more about manure, the surplus and the solutions? About various opinions and the facts and figures? Read the online magazine ‘Mest in Brabant’ (Manure in Brabant) of the North Brabant province, or watch the playful video here.