MRF gate fees fall, reports WRAP

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MRF (materials recycling facility) gate fees have continued to fall, according to WRAP’s annual gate fees report that was published this week.

MRF (materials recycling facility) gate fees have continued to fall, according to WRAP’s annual gate fees report that was published this week.

“MRF gate fees are substantially lower than reported in our previous surveys. Many local authorities say that they are either not paying gate fees, or are receiving payment for their recovered materials,” said Steve Creed, director of market economics WRAP (Waste and resources action programme), before adding: “This year’s gate fees report highlights the growing number of cost effective alternative waste management opinions to landfill, underlining the economic and environmental savings the UK can make if it does not bury waste in the ground.”

Other findings in the report include:

- The median MRF gate fee is £9 per tonne; down from £15 per tonne in last year’s report.

- The median gate fee for open-air windrow composting (OAW) is little changed from last year. OAW gate fees have been more or less constant for several years.

- In-vessel composting (IVC) gate fees vary substantially with a key factor being the composition of the material received by facilities. Food waste mixed with garden waste and card attracts higher gate fees (median gate fee of £55 per tonne), followed by food waste only (median gate fee of £49 per tonne) and mixed food and garden waste (median gate fee £44 per tonne).

- For anaerobic digestion (AD) the median gate fee is £41 per tonne (with a range from £35 to £60 per tonne). This compares with a median figure of £43 per tonne in 2011 (range £36 to £64 per tonne). The median AD gate fee is now lower than the median gate fees for food waste only and for mixed food and garden waste at an IVC facility.

- The median gate fee for the onward management of wood waste collected from household waste recycling centres is £26 per tonne. Variation in wood waste gate fees across the UK reflects regional differences in supply and demand.

- The median gate fee for EfW (energy from waste - incineration with energy recovery) facilities is £65 per tonne (with a range from £32-£101 per tonne).

- The median mechanical biological treatment gate fee is £79 per tonne.

- The median landfill gate fee for non-hazardous material (inclusive of the standard rate of landfill tax) is £85 per tonne. As in previous reports, landfill site operators again noted the competitive marketplace for landfill, with reduced quantities of residual waste and increased competition from other treatments leading some operators to reduce their charges to maintain volumes.

- WRAP reported that while some landfill operators increased their gate fees (excluding tax) in line with inflation, others have not changed their gate fees.

For further details, visit www.wrap.org.uk/content/wrap-annual-gate-fees-report


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