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Nutrient Neutral Municipality

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Nutrient Neutral Municipality was a three-year project managed by the ELY Centre for Southwestern Finland. The aim of the project was to promote recycling of nutrients and their re-utilization as close to their origin as possible. The project was part of the Ministry of the Environment’s RAKI programme, aimed at promoting the recycling of nutrients and improving the condition of the Archipelago Sea.

The work continued in a new project in 2018-2020 by the Finnish government’s key projects funding and it’s main target was to encourage all Finnish municipalities take responsibility for nutrient recycling and find ways to make most of it.

Nutrient recycling provides benefits and new opportunities

Recycling of nutrients is an example of sustainable use of natural resources and resource wisdom. By recycling nutrients the use of non-renewable, mined phosphorus can be reduced, the amount of energy required for the manufacture of artificial fertilizers can be decreased, and nutrient self-sufficiency can be improved. Simultaneously, the nutrient load on the environment in general and the eutrophication of the aquatic environment can be reduced. All this has a great impact on the residential environment and people’s wellbeing too.

Practical and well planned nutrient recycling supports commercial activities, creates opportunities for new business models and promotes employment. Nutrient recycling utilizes for example new technology and supports development of new technical solutions.  

The purpose of the Nutrient Neutral Municipality project was to develop operating models for promoting nutrient recycling in municipalities. The key results of the project are presented in a guide

The aim of the project

The aim of the Nutrient Neutral Municipality – project was to implement nutrient recycling in the municipalities where nutrients originate, or as close to their origin as possible. Pilot municipalities in the project was Vehmaa, Mynämäki, Taivassalo, Turku, Pori and Nakkila from the regions of Satakunta and Southwest Finland. However, the project operated across the country and cooperated with various actors from different sectors.

Quality, quantity, location and possibilities for recycling of the nutrients was analyzed and different collaboration models were developed based on the data and experiences from the pilot municipalities. Financing instruments for potential solutions werw also investigated. Municipalities can’t, however, alone be held responsible for turning nutrient recycling into everyday practice. All regional actors need to get engaged into action: companies, schools, organizations and individual citizens.

An extensive cooperation between different actors was crucial for defining criteria for a nutrient neutral municipality, procedures for verifying the measures contained in the criteria and their impact on the environment.

© Kuva: Janne Heikkinen
Published 2017-07-25 at 13:32, updated 2020-12-29 at 15:02