EIRA (Enabling Innovation: Research to Application), an innovation and research organisation, has produced an interesting case study about the use of paper crumble for soil enhancement and carbon storage.
There is strong evidence to suggest that arable soil in the UK has been losing carbon for 40 years (Environment Agency 2019). This, in turn, has a significant impact on the country’s CO2 emissions.
Although paper crumble / paper sludge has been used in soil in the UK for over 15 years (Gibbs et al., 2005), there has so far been very little research into its benefits.
Now researchers at the University of East Anglia have found that paper crumble can be used to enrich soil, improving the nutrients and organic matter of arable land. They have found that paper crumble has the potential to enrich soil, improve water retention and increase nutrients which benefits the health of the soil and crops overall. Their report also states that paper crumble can be used as a tool to store carbon in arable soils. By increasing the soil’s organic carbon, paper crumble can rejuvenate soil.
View the case study by clicking the link below and find out how paper crumble can provide benefits to the soil.
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