Yara buys Finnish producer of recycled fertilizers

Circular economy

Ecolan Oy, a Finnish producer of recycled fertilizers, has been acquired by Yara Suomi Oy (Yara).

This is Yara’s first acquisition in the organic fertilizer category, and it demonstrates the commitment to expanding the role in organic farming and contributing to the circular economy.

“By expanding our solutions into Europe’s booming organic farming segment, we can help enhance nutrient use efficiency in this area by leveraging our strong crop nutrition knowledge,” says Mónica Andrés, Executive Vice President of Yara Europe.

Ecolan uses industrial byproducts to create high-quality fertilizers for agriculture and forestry. Yara introduced a new organic fertilizer line with a high nitrogen concentration, developed by Ecolan, to the Finnish market in 2019 as a consequence of several years of research and development.

Many organic waste streams are not reused or recycled nowadays. Nutrient recovery from waste streams and reintroduction into agricultural output contributes to a circular economy and lowers nutrient losses. The European Green Deal fosters the expansion of and promotion of circular economic models, as well as the expansion of organic farming on European Union soil.

The circular economy can help improve nutrient use efficiency, which is one of Yara’s key areas of expertise. Yara is aiming to develop optimal ways to recycle nutrients that would otherwise end up as trash and then process these to make organic fertilizers through strategic partnerships with waste management and food industries, as well as by using our crop nutrition knowledge.