6/13/2017 8:40 AM

Interesting project in Lahti: Remediation of polluted soils with abattoir waste

REMSOIL is an interesting project currently underway in the University of Helsinki's Department of Environmental Sciences in Lahti.

This project studies how abattoir waste – an unusable agricultural by-product – is converted into commercial substance to remediate polluted soils. This involves using abattoir waste to make meat and bone meal, which is sterilised and safe to use. Other uses of meat and bone meal include use as animal feed.

The product of REMSOIL is an easy and cost-efficient way to remediate polluted soil, and it contains all the necessary components needed for biological soil remediation. Other benefits of this method include the slow release of nutrients into the soil, which prevents them from being washed away into the environment. Within a few years, the disposal of polluted soil in a landfill will be forbidden by law, creating a need for inexpensive soil cleaning methods.  The REMSOIL method provides a double benefit: the use of a previously unused by-product and the cleaning and reuse of polluted soil.

The REMSOIL project relies strongly on Lahti-based knowhow, i.e. the University of Helsinki's Department of Environmental Sciences in Lahti, with PhD Ville Selonen as the Principal Investigator and Professor Martin Romantschuk as the Project Manager.

The Section of Ecology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki is situated in Lahti. The section’s key areas of research include aquatic and soil ecology, urban ecosystems research, environmental microbiology and environmental biotechnology, ecotoxicology and environmental chemistry. In 2016, the circular economy became a topical research theme.

 For further information on REMSOIL, please contact:

Ville Selonen
ville.selonen@helsinki.fi , tel. +358 (0)50 448 9403