Large scale nutrient recovery from domestic wastewater

Domestic wastewater is an important carrier of resources, especially water and nutrients – which are hardly recovered in the current centralised wastewater management systems. Run4Life demonstrates an alternative strategy for improving nutrient recovery, based on a decentralised treatment of segregated black water (toilet wastewater), grey water (other domestic wastewaters) and organic kitchen waste. Different innovative technologies are combined to achieve this goal. At 4 sites in Europe, for the first time nutrients will be recovered from domestic waste streams of several 100 dwellings. In collaboration with fertilizer producers, the resulting products will be characterised and the possibilities for their agricultural application will be determined. End users and other stakeholders are a fundamental part of this evaluation to achieve institutional, legal and social acceptance.

Paradigm shift

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The world food supply is entirely dependent on the use of fertilisers. However, the current fertiliser production practices are not sustainable. Phosphate rock is a non-renewable resource, whereas the nitrogen-based fertilisers production is highly energy-intensive, currently relying on the use

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The Run4Life project is a member of the European Sustainable Phosphorous Platform and of the ICT4Water cluster. Please click on the logos to visit their websites:

Through the project partners, Run4Life is also connected to other networks such as the German Phosphorous Platform and the Dutch Nutrient Platform, and is in contact with multiple EU projects working on related topics. The EC Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) has developed an interactive tool providing a wealth of information about projects funded through different EU programmes. The Data Hub features an overview map, linked to project summaries, beneficiaries and demonstration sites.

A joint force of 15 well-matched partners

The Run4Life consortium represents the entire value chain, consisting of universities, technology providers, public utilities, end users and experts in social sciences and humanities. This optimal combination of partners increases the market success of the proposed solutions and enhances social acceptance.