The European Compost Network has published two new factsheets on ‘Soil Structure & Carbon Storage’ and on ‘Soil Fertility & Productivity’ in its publication edition on the ‘Sustainable Use of Compost and Digestate’.
Soil Structure & Carbon Storage
This factsheets puts the focus on the benefit of regular application of compost in respect to the storage of high amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Amongst other positive aspects of compost application which are highligthed in this paper the enrichment of soil-organic matter which leads to improved soil structure and a higher level of soil microbiological activity are emphasized. An estimation about Europe’s potential for C-sequestration by recycling of bio-waste to high-quality compost illustrates the importance of this resource.
Soil Fertility & Productivity
The raising of the nutrient level is emphasized in the second factsheet. High-qualitity compost from bio-waste is described as a useful source for nutrients and has many other positive effects on soils. In this paper Europe’s potential of fertiliser value derived by high-quality compost from bio-waste (in Euro) is estimated and shows by these figures the positive economic aspect.
Both factsheets are available in the document section under the folder ECN documents of the website here.