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.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at IFAT 2018 in Munich where Run4Life will be hosting a side event. More information can be found on this page.

Paradigm shift


Run4Life proposes a radical new technological concept for wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery. It is based on source-separated collection of domestic wastewaters and kitchen waste, with each flow receiving optimal treatment for resource recovery and subsequent safe reuse. The different

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Unprecedented scale


The project has 4 large scale demonstration sites: Gent, Belgium Helsingborg, Sweden Sneek, the Netherlands Vigo, Spain Information on the demosites will be added soon.

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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.