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Statistical portrait of Beneficial use of fertilizing residuals in 2010


Land application of Fertilizing Residuals (FR) allowed to prevent the waste of 1,5 M tonnes of residuals in 2010. The majority of the FR being rich in organic matter, this recovery allowed significant reductions of greenhouse gases emissions as compared to landfilling or incineration.

Pulp & paper biosolids accounted for most of FR in 2010, but the volumes decreased during the last years as a result of a decline in this industry and the increase of biosolids incineration. Recycling rate for pulp & paper mill biosolids as FR was estidated to be approximatively 25%.

Conversely, municipal biosolids recycling increased since 2004 up to 26% (wet weight basis). This is a higher rate than for other oganic-based municipal residuals. However, these recycling rates are still far from the 60% provincial target for 2015. 

Most FR have been used in agriculture, on 2,2% of Québec farmland, as compared to 65% of land for chemical fertilizers. This suggests a potential substitution market for composts, digestates from anaerobic digestion and other urban FR.

This document provides statistics for Fertilizing Residuals recovery in 2010 in terms of volumes, acreage, regional partitioning, quality, regulatory and administrative compliance, with an emphasis on agricultureal use.

See Statistical portrait of Beneficial use of fertilizing residuals in 2010 (French, format PDF, 238 ko).


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