ManureEcoMine project is funded by the European Community’s Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement n° 603744.

Project concept

European pigs and cows jointly produce about 1.27 billion tonnes of manure per year, a largely unexploited resource of organic carbon and nutrients. ManureEcoMine proposes an integrated approach to the treatment and reuse of animal husbandry waste, by applying the eco-innovative principles of sustainabilityresource recovery and energy efficiency. Anaerobic digestion, ammonia stripping, struvite precipitation and partial nitritation/anammox will be key technologies that will be combined to demonstrate their technological and environmental potential at pilot scale for cow and pig manure. To render the cradle-to-cradle approach complete, the fertilizer and potential trace contaminants effects of recovered nutrients on plant growth and soil health will be established. and Life cycle analyses economic viability will determine the sustainability of the concept as such, and identify the most environmentally friendly technology and most effective and safe reuse strategy.  Risk management will be developed with regard to trace contaminants for guaranteeing safe handling and high product quality for a closed nutrient cycle.


The ManureEcoMine project is partner of the Biorefine Cluster Europe