Organics Market Situation Reports

11th January 2017

WRAP’s market reports provide in-depth information on the latest economic trends and developments facing the UK’s recycling industry. Each report focuses on a different material stream and is presented in a compact, easily digestible format.

Key points:
20%: the average annual growth in the amount of organic waste composted over the past 5 years
300kWh: the amount of energy that can be generated by anaerobically digesting one tonne of food waste



Welcome to the Organic Waste Market Situation Report, the fourth in our series of reports that examine current economic conditions in the recovered materials markets.

This report looks at the key factors influencing the market for organic waste over the past year or so; movements in prices; and the environmental benefits from dealing with organic waste sustainably.

In addition, the special report investigates the issues around the growth in food waste processing.

Key themes to emerge from the organic waste sector in the last year are:

  • kerbside collections accounted for the majority of organic material recovered from the municipal waste stream for the first time
  • food waste collections have grown rapidly, and are expected to continue to do so as higher landfill tax rates make alternative disposal routes for food waste look more financially attractive
  • prices for compost products have been stable, but historically high prices for chemical fertilisers and soil improvers could support compost prices going forward.

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