What is the connection between a pig farmer, a grape farmer and an average household? Ecoson's partnership with local farmers!
Ecoson offers a transparent service that collects and processes pig manure from regional farmers, then contributes a natural fertilizer to the agricultural sector in phosphate-deprived areas. Additionally, Ecoson's operations generate green natural gas for local households. Ecoson’s processing facilities are located in Son, Netherlands and Denderleeuw, Belgium.
The Dutch pig farming industry in the Netherlands generates a surplus of phosphate-rich manure that exceeds restricted levels set by European and Dutch authorities. This same legislation prescribes that the manure be processed under strict requirements to reduce its environmental impact, such as methane and ammonium emissions. Together with regional logistical partners, Ecoson offers a transparent and reliable collection service for manure that also guarantees processing in line with all legislative requirements.
Ecoson’s recently renovated plant in Son (the Netherlands), online since 2014, can process over 100,000 metric tons of pig manure per year, producing ± 6,000 metric tons of biophosphate pellets. In conjunction with other processing facilities at their location, the factory uses and shares residual heat and electricity to minimize energy consumption. In its current form, the Ecoson plant is the largest digestion plant in the Netherlands, contributing significantly to this problem's solution.
Phosphate is an indispensable natural fertilizer and is in demand by crop farmers. Ecoson’s biophosphate is derived from their processing of pig manure, yielding a valuable, sustainable source of phosphate, nitrogen and potassium. It is used by vineyards in the North of France, as well as other crop growers facing phosphate shortages in other parts of the world, reducing dependency on the depleting supply of rock phosphates.
Ecoson's production process generates enough renewable gas to supply approximately 1,700 local households each year, a contribution that reduces CO2 emissions by around 4,500 metric tons per year.
WE ENABLE THE TRANSITION FROM AN EXCESS MANURE PROBLEM TO THE SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION OF A VALUABLE ORGANIC PHOSPHATE-RICH FERTILIZER.