Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 7, 2019 – ICL (NYSE & TASE: ICL), a leading global specialty minerals and specialty chemicals company, today opened the Phosphate Recycling Unit on the ICL Fertilizers production site in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This installation will allow ICL to use phosphates from alternative sources for the production of phosphate-based fertilizers on an industrial scale. This circular innovation is yet another example of ICL’s strong commitment to sustainability.
Phosphate is essential for global food production and nutrition security. Without phosphate, there would simply be no fruit or vegetables. Farmers around the globe use phosphate-based fertilizers to grow their crops. However, the global supply of phosphate rock is not unlimited. That is why ICL also uses phosphate from alternative sources on a large scale, such as sewage sludge ashes and bone meal ashes. This is being done with the ICL Phosphate Recycling Unit, which was opened by officials from the City of Amsterdam and the Province of North-Holland.
By using phosphate from alternative sources, we provide society with an innovative circular solution and also prepare ourselves for a future where phosphate rock will become an increasingly scarce source. This installation will allow ICL to continue with the production of fertilizers that help feed the world for many years to come in a sustainable way. And this installation is only the start. Our ambition is to further increase the use of phosphate coming from alternative sources in the coming years, with ICL as one of the international frontrunners in phosphate recycling.