Paper sludge supply, stockpile and spreading services provided by FGS Organics.

FGS Organics can apply different types of paper-based product to land throughout the South East of England. Produced at paper mills in Kent, these materials are by-products of the paper recycling process.

Paper sludge and paper crumble spreading for the farming community is a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to artificial fertilisers, providing a sustainable solution to reinforce soil structure and stability, with the potential for an increased crop yield and microbial activity. The paper crumble is mechanically processed and the paper sludge is biologically treated, both are produced by the Paper Industry, which has been generated mainly from wood-based fibres with a variance in moisture content.

Within the agriculture sector, paper mill sludge and paper crumble are beneficial in enriching the soil with vital organic matter. The improvement in soil texture and moisture retention results in a greater resilience to erosion and drought as well as increasing infiltration rates. The valuable source of carbon and other major nutrients present in recycled paper residue assist in the recovery of degraded soil. Calcium carbonate for example, has added value in neutralising and stabilising soils with a high acidic content.

FGS Organics supply and land spread a multitude of materials to the agricultural industry, with a wealth of experience in ensuring the whole operation is carried out in compliance with best practice standards. The paper sludge and paper crumble supplies are sourced locally from Kent paper mills and the demand for this organic fertiliser has grown significantly in recent years. Although paper waste was historically sent to landfill sites or incinerated, increased awareness of the detrimental impact on the environment has resulted in a considerable shift in favour of alternative eco-friendly methods of use. Land spreading with processed paper waste as an organic fertiliser is a win-win solution, with agronomic benefits for farmers, ecosystem stability and higher quality products in the food chain.

Our FACTS qualified staff take care of all aspects of the Environment Agency permit applications, from soil sampling to carrying out environmental risk assessments and writing agricultural benefit statements. Visit our compliance page for further details about the compliance services provided by our WAMITAB and FACTS qualified advisors.

For more information call us today on 01233 820055

Paper Sludge

Nutrient rich, biologically digested sludge from the recycling of paper

Benefits of our Paper Sludge include:

  • Source of Nitrogen
  • Provides valuable amounts of phosphate, potash & Sulphur
  • Improves soil structure, workability and moisture retention
  • Enhances a variety of different crops and soil biology
  • Aids carbon sequestration and provides a good source of organic matter (average 8t/ha)

Average dry matter content:32%

Paper Crumble – a soil conditioning crumb

This is a mechanically recovered fibre from the recycling of white office paper.

Benefits of Paper Crumble include:

  • Good source of organic matter
  • Balances elements
  • Builds soil carbon levels (Carbon Sequestration)
  • Increases soil biodiversity which ensures soils are wear resistant to climate fluctuations.
  • Good source of sulphur as well as other major nutrients
  • Improves soil conditioning and moisture retention properties
  • No odour
  • Provides high levels of organic carbon
  • Provides high levels of organic matter (average 10t/ha)

Average dry matter content: 64%

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is paper sludge?

Paper sludge is a by-product of the papermaking process, consisting of fibrous material, clay, and other substances removed during wastewater treatment in paper mills.

Can paper sludge be used as a soil conditioner?

Yes, paper sludge is often used in agriculture as a soil conditioner. It can improve soil structure, increase water retention, and provide nutrients to plants. However, its use should comply with local regulations and guidelines which our  FACTS/Wamitab qualified advisors are more than happy to assist with.

Are there environmental concerns associated with paper sludge?

While paper sludge can have beneficial uses, there are environmental considerations, such as nutrient runoff and potential contaminants. Proper management and adherence to regulations are essential to mitigate any environmental impact.

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