Why seek to recycle FRMs?
Biosolids or Fertilising Residual Materials (FRMs) are by-products arising from waste water treatment of agri-food processing. Biosolids supply nutrients and organic matter, which are vital for the successful growing of major crops.
Advantages of using FRMS to add value
FRMs have a number of advantages:
- They provide fertiliser
Farmers can benefit from the availability of new fertilisers and quality soil amendments, which enhance crop yields, help to reduce fertiliser costs, and contribute to soil conservation.
- They reduce costs
According to both municipal authorities and industry the use of FRMs reduces the cost of managing and eliminating certain residual materials.
- They protect the environment
Their use also reduces resource wastage as well as as the need for landfill or incineration. In this way about one million tonnes of FRMs are diverted from the waste stream every year.