ecoprog GmbH

Market Study Sewage Sludge Disposal in Europe

The European sewage sludge disposal market is in transition. 40 years ago, sludge was dumped in water bodies or landfills. Today, sludge is mostly used in agriculture, but increasing amounts are incinerated. Sludge mono-incineration is on the rise because it safely eliminates pollutants while still allowing for recovery of valuable phosphorous.

Various countries in Europe have already tightened legislation around sludge use in agriculture, some have even banned the practice altogether. The EU itself is considering changes as well. Increasingly stringent legislation causes the mono-incineration market to boom, with new projects being announced continuously.

For this market study, ecoprog has identified more than 200 mono-incineration plants and projects across Europe. Based on our in-depth research, we highlight possible future paths for sewage sludge disposal in Europe. 

The Market Study Sewage Sludge Disposal in Europe includes:

  • A description of technologies in wastewater treatment, sludge treatment, and sludge disposal. Strengths and weaknesses of sludge disposal alternatives are discussed.
  • An analysis of key factors that drive the European sewage sludge disposal market. This includes important legislation on EU and national level.
  • An analysis of past, present, and future trends for Europe as a whole, and for each of the 30 countries.
  • An account of more than 200 mono-incineration plants and projects in Europe on country-level including their capacities, technologies, and operators (as far as known).
  • An outlook in terms of market development and an analysis of key competitors in the sludge disposal market.

The study is available in English and German language starting from 3,900.– € (plus VAT, if applicable). Customers of our w&b Monitor will receive a discount starting from 600.– €.



Nikolas Buchenau
ecoprog GmbH
+49 221 788 03 88-19 


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