Join Run4Life@IFAT / The virtuous circle of integrated nutrient recovery in Munich on May 17th

The H2020 Run4Life project is organising a Stakeholder Engagement Workshop as a side event at the IFAT trade fair in Munich, on May 17th. Everyone with an interest in nutrient recovery is invited to take part in this inspiring event. The programme includes a wide variety of speakers ensuring that it will be a very interesting morning. Please visit  to have a look at the programme, and register your attendance. 

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 toilet wastewater, other domestic wastewaters and organic kitchen waste. 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.

Consortium members at start up meeting in Sneek, June 2017.

The Environmental Engineering group is part of Run4Life, a Horizon 2020 project (June 2017-June 2021) with collaborators in a number of EU member states. Run4Life proposes a radical change to efficiently recover nutrients from wastewater which is an important nutrient carrier, but the current exploitation as recovery from diluted sewage is not efficient. The project aims to increase nutrient recovery by: decentralised recovery at the source; segregating concentrated waste streams such as black water, grey water and organic kitchen waste; integrate innovative nutrient recovery technologies with complementary fertiliser concepts to reduce environmental and health risks and demonstrate the entire nutrient recovery value chain will be demonstrated to the end user. Learn more at the project home page:

Annika Nordin

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    1. Hi Ruzena,
      And sorry for a very late answer!
      Transporting wastes with water is likely in most cases to most sustainable use of or resources (including water) and as you may see on our blog we work with several solutions aiming to not use water for transport. Sanitation systems are however socio-technical systems and still the general acceptance for at least dry sanitation solutions are low. Hopefully we can change that in the future by joint forces!

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