Gate Fees Report 2014

10th January 2017

WRAP’s seventh 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.

Key points:
The overall UK median materials recycling facility (MRF) gate fee paid by local authorities rose marginally to £10 per tonne this year
Gate fees rose for the small sample (14) of MRF contracts signed in 2013 and 2014, with a median gate fee of £0 per tonne compared to -£10 for the 11 new contracts struck in 2011/2012
The median gate fee paid for treating food waste at anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities remains steady at £40 per tonne

Overview

Overview

The 2014 Gate fees report comprises a summary report that outlines the key findings for 2014 and a full technical report where further detail on the 2014 gate fees is provided.

The survey was conducted between December 2013 and February 2014. The survey targeted three main stakeholder groups: local authorities (including unitary, waste collection and waste disposal authorities); private sector operators of waste management facilities and senior managers of large waste management companies operating within the UK market.

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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Findings

Findings

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

  • The median gate fee paid by local authorities for Material Recovery Facility (MRF) services is £10 per tonne compared to a median MRF gate fee of £9 per tonne in the previous survey. The range of MRF gate fees is much broader than the range associated with other facility types. This is reflective of the diverse range of services which fall into the MRF category, incorporating a range of different waste stream compositions, facility types and revenue sharing arrangements. Consequently, caution should be exercised when using a summary statistic, such as the median MRF gate fee, to compare year to year changes.
  • For the 14 contracts in the survey signed by local authorities in 2013 and 2014 the median MRF gate fee has increased to £0 per tonne from -£10 per tonne for the 11 contacts signed in 2011 and 2012.
  • The median Open Air Windrow (OAW) composting gate fee is £24 per tonne, unchanged from the previous survey and confirming the on-going stability in the OAW market in previous surveys.
  • The median In-Vessel Composting (IVC) gate fee for „mixed food and green waste‟ is £46 per tonne, unchanged from the previous survey.
  • The median gate fee paid by local authorities for treating food wastes at Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facilities is £40 per tonne compared to £41 per tonne in the previous survey. The number of useable gate fees increased from 19 in the previous year to 38 this year; a possible indication of a greater uptake of AD.
  • The median gate fee paid by local authorities for recycling and recovery of waste wood (all grades) collected from Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) is £32 per tonne, marginally higher than £30 per tonne in the previous survey.
  • The median gate fee paid by local authorities for waste treatment Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) or Mechanical Heat Treatment (MHT) facilities is £84 per tonne compared to £76 per tonne in the previous survey. A larger number of local authorities reported gate fee data which may indicate greater uptake but may also reflect sampling variation.
  • The median gate fee at EfW facilities constructed prior to the year 2000 is £58 per tonne, unchanged from the previous survey; whereas, the median EfW gate fee for facilities constructed post 2000 is £94 per tonne compared with £90 per tonne in the previous survey.
  • The median net UK gate fee paid by local authorities for tipping non-hazardous waste at landfill sites is £102 per tonne (£22 per tonne gate fee plus £80 landfill tax). The median gate fee excluding landfill tax was £21 per tonne last year.
  • The median gate fees associated with the landfill of all surveyed types of hazardous waste increased this year compared to last, although the gate fee data were sparse in this sector. More detailed observations regarding the gate fees associated with each of the major technology options are provided in the sections below.

Related

Related

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 2013 >>
Gate Fee Report 2012 >>
Gate Fee Report 2011 >>

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