The European Compost Network (ECN) is European non-profit membership organisation promoting sustainable recycling practices in composting, anaerobic digestion and other biological treatment processes of organic resources.
Our purpose is to work with practitioners, researchers, technicians and policy makers to deliver integrated organic waste recycling solutions that generate high quality products for the benefit of the environment and the users of the recycled products. ECN supports the policy objectives of the European Union through its activities and with its network of knowledgeable experts. ECN directly assists Member States in developing waste management plans and policies that drive them away from large scale landfilling and into the recycling of organic resources. ECN also serves as focal point for developing EU quality standards for bio-waste treatment and compost production; it is a network for the organic waste recycling sector in Europe, as well as the emerging bio-based economy.
ECN’s vision is a Europe in which all organic resources are recycled and recovered in a sustainable way. From this vision, ECN’s primary goal is to support the implementation of EU waste policies and thereby contributing to the development of a recycling society, to sustainable agriculture and energy recovery, to improve human health and to create overall added value within the European market. To achieve this, we believe that effective recycling in all Member States should be built on appropriate collection systems for organic waste to promote high quality products derived from biological treatment. ECN supports this development through: implementation programmes for Member States; the development of EU quality assurance systems for compost and digestate; and, guidelines for the monitoring of operational processes within compost and digestate facilities.
The objective and the main focus of ECN are to promote knowledge about best practices throughout Europe for the establishment of sustainable systems for organic waste management through integration of policies and strategies, technological development and improvement of operations.
The European Compost Network is a membership organisation with 72 members from 24 European Countries. Members include all European bio-waste organisations and their operating plants, research, policy making, consultants and authorities. ECN represents 21 bio-waste organisations (compost and digestate quality assurance organisations) from 14 European Countries, 30 companies producing bio-based products (organic fertilisers, soil improvers, growing media and, biodegradable plastics), 11 non-governmental organisation of environmental protection organisations; and 10 academic (research) institutes in environmental, agricultural and natural sciences.
Via the member organisations, ECN represents more than 2000 experts and plant operators with more than 25 million tonnes of biological waste treatment capacity.