Bio-waste separate collection and its re-cycling will become mandatory by 2024 in the EU. At the same time, more than 60% of European soil is unhealthy and 25% land is at high risk to desertification.
EFFECO patented process improves the efficiency of existing solutions for biowaste treatment like composting and anaerobic digestion.
EFFECO is a sustainable bio-waste processing solution with soil improving substrate and energy as mainproducts.
EFFECO renews natural resources by processing any bio-waste into a soil improving substrate capable to bind carbon, increase the soil fertility and renew life in land.

By 31 December 2023, bio-waste must either be separated and recycled at sourceor collected separately and not mixed with other types of waste. - EU Directive (EU) 2018/851 on waste.

Encourage the use of organic fertilisers and soil improvers,thereby decreasing the EU's dependency on imports of mineralfertilisers. - EU Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 on fertilizers.

EFFECO complex process can be integrated with existing treatment methods for reasonable cost.

It combines the benefits of both and overcomes their limits by patented innovation.

The EFFECO substrate has 10Y+ durability and is easy to store, transport and apply to soil.

The EFFECO substrate contains recycled nutrients and increases organic matter in soil.

The EFFECO process is energy-positive with biofuels as by-products (bio CNG, bio-methane).

Soil in the EU can store up to 3,5 millions tons of CO2 a year and become more fertile at the same time.

Any plant with composting and/ or AD process can become an EFFECO facility.

New biowaste processing plants can benefit from validated setup of the EFFECO pilot plant in Horný Jatov, Slovakia.

Talk to our team to bring EFFECO to your region!

The underlying idea behind the research and development of the EFFECO biowaste treatment process and biochar substrate is the eco-effective care for soil.

The care that utilizes the never-ending cycle of restoration of natural resources to enhance soilfertility and quality and at the same time, deals with the issue of bio-waste management. In a circular economy, bio-waste is directed to treatment options that use the waste as a source of valuable resources such as nutrients, organic substances and energy.

The EFFECO approach meets the most stringent ecological criteria while being economically effective.

Key facts

Carbon applied to soil in an appropriate amount can substantially enhance the fertility of soil that we are reclaiming this way.

Carbon levels in fertile soils of standard quality average at 1.5%.

By applying 1-2 kg of the effeco biochar substrate to 1 m2 of soil, it is possible to double the carbon content in soil depending on the soil condition.

Scientific studies on the positive impact of applying biochar to soil

  • Soil characteristics and the overall soil quality improve (Laird, 2008), which is of enormous importance for next generations
  • Agegnehu et al. (2016) reported that biochar combined with fertilizer improved the yield of maize grains by 30% compared to the application of fertilizer without biochar
  • Biochar also positively affects the yield-forming parameters of arable crops. According to Solaiman et al. (2012), the application of biochar at the rate of 10 t ha-1 increased wheat seed germination from 93% to 98%
  • The results of Arthur et al. (2015) point to positive effects of applied biochar with liquid manure on the absorption of water vapours from the atmosphere and their retention in sandy loam soil
  • Studies of Adekayode & Olojugba (2010) and Agegnehu et al. (2015) indicated that the application of biochar combined with compost led to a statistically significant increase in chlorophyll content in maize leaves
  • Greater effects on yield-forming parameters and 30% higher yields resulting from biochar application are observed on sandy soils in tropical areas
We take part in the continued development and practical application of the effeco biochar substrate along with a scientific team of a Slovak university, authorities, local farmers and international partners.

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The standard offer of effeco biochar substrates includes basic variants suitable for application to standard soil types. These variants differ in the ratio of biochar, a natural nutrient or a third specifically targeted component in their content. Based on a soil analysis, we are able to supply you with the effeco substrate with unique parameters suitable for application to a specific soil type.