Gate Fees Report 2012

10th January 2017

WRAP’s fifth 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
MRF gate fees have continued to fall and are substantially lower than in previous surveys
Many local authorities say that they are either not paying gate fees, or are receiving payment for their recovered materials
The median MRF gate fee is £9 per tonne, down from £15 per tonne in 2011



The 2012 Gate fees report comprises a summary report that outlines the key findings for 2012 and a full technical report where further detail on the 2012 gate fees is provided.

This survey of facilities and local authorities covers England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was conducted between November 2011 and February 2012

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:

  • For non-hazardous material, median gate fees for waste recovery/recycling options are substantially lower than those for waste disposal routes.
  • MRF gate fees continue to fall and overall are substantially lower than our previous surveys, many local authorities are receiving revenue rather than paying gate fees for their recovered materials.
  • For organic treatments, median open-air windrow (OAW) gate fees are lower than those for anaerobic digestion (AD) and in-vessel composting (IVC) which may reflect lower capital and operating costs at OAW sites.
  • The median AD gate fee for separately collected food waste is slightly lower than the median IVC gate fee for food only and food mixed with garden waste or card.
  • The median IVC gate fee for garden waste has declined by around £10 per tonne compared to last year’s report.
  • The cost of disposal to landfill including the landfill tax continues to increase.
  • Non-hazardous landfill gate fees (including the landfill tax) remain broadly comparable to gate fees for EfW and MBT options.
  • The median UK gate fee charged to local authorities for the onward management of wood waste collected from Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) is £26 per tonne.



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 2011 >>

Where next?

Want to know more about gate fees in recovered materials markets? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information:

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