Gate Fees Report 2011

10th January 2017

WRAP’s fourth annual gate fees survey covers gate fees charged to local authorities in the UK for a range of municipal waste recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal options. The aim of this report is to increase price transparency and, by improving the flow of information, improve efficiency in the waste management market.

Key points:
The cost of disposal to landfill including the landfill tax has increased
Gate fees at MRFs have fallen substantially. Many local authorities surveyed are not paying gate fees or are receiving net revenue for their recovered materials
For AD facilities, the median gate fee is substantially lower by around £13 per tonne



The 2011 Gate fees report comprises a summary report that outlines the key findings for 2011 and a full technical report where further detail on the 2011 gate fees is provided.

This survey of facilities and local authorities covers England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Local authorities and waste management companies were contacted during December 2010 and January 2011.

To complement these reports, information relating to the treatment costs for organic wastes supplied from commercial/industrial sources is available in a short abstract report. This short abstract report can be accessed with the full report below:

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The key findings of this year’s survey of gate fees across the UK as a whole include:

  • Median gate fees for waste recycling options are substantially lower than those for waste disposal routes.
  • For organics treatment facilities, open-air windrow (OAW) median gate fees are lower than those for anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting (IV). These, in turn, are lower than median gate fees at mechanical biological treatment (MBT) facilities.
  • The median AD gate fee for separate food waste is lower than the median IV gate fee for food only, but is comparable to the IV gate fee for mixed food and garden waste.
  • Landfill gate fees including the landfill tax are broadly comparable to gate fees for EfW and MBT.



To find information related to that contained in this report, please use the following links:

Gate Fee Report 2016 >>
Gate Fee Report 2015 >>
Gate Fee Report 2014 >>
Gate Fee Report 2013 >>
Gate Fee Report 2012 >>

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