WRAP Gate Fees Report 2013

20th August 2013

The annual WRAP Gate Fees Report, which provides an updated summary of charges for a range of alternative waste treatment, recovery and disposal options across the UK, is published today.

The report, the sixth WRAP has produced, aims to increase price transparency and improve efficiency in the waste management market. It compares current charges with those in previous years, and summarises industry feedback on factors that may influence future gate fees.

A MRF gate fee is a fee paid either by a local authority to a MRF operator for processing its dry recyclables, or a fee paid to a local authority by a MRF operator for the dry recyclables. Arrangements differ between different local authorities depending on the nature of their contract. The latest report finds that the median MRF gate fee paid by local authorities is £9 per tonne, unchanged from the 2011-12 report. The range of MRF gate fees (-*£40 per tonne to £82) indicates substantial variation both across and within regions due to a variety of factors such as: value of materials, contract length, the quality and range of materials accepted, the size and age of the MRF, the collection system and the degree of local market competition. 

Steve Creed, Director of Market Economics WRAP, said: “WRAP’s gate fees report provides a simple, accessible resource for the waste industry and local authorities. It is regarded as a respected source of information that helps organisations to make better informed decisions regarding the cost of waste management options open to them. Take MRF gate fees for example, while the median gate fee is £9 per tonne we know that around 40% of the local authorities surveyed receive income from MRFs for their dry recyclables rather than paying gate fees.

“This market has seen some volatility recently. Based on a small sample of contracts (10) struck in 2012 it seems that there has been a reduction in what some MRFs are paying local authorities for dry recyclates in the last year, due to a range of factors including lower materials prices compared to 2011.  But the big picture trend over the last few years indicates a decline in MRF gate fees paid by local authorities partly as competition has increased.

Other key findings include:

  • The median OAW (open-air windrow composting) gate fee has fallen marginally since last year to £24 per tonne. The median IVC (in-vessel composting) median gate fee for green waste was found to be the same as that charged by OAW facilities. The most significant change in IVC gate fees has been the decrease in charges for food waste, which have decreased from a median of £49 per tonne last year to £39 per tonne this year.
  • The median gate fee reported by local authorities for the treatment of food waste at AD (anaerobic digestion) facilities has remained unchanged since last year at £41 per tonne.
  • The median UK gate fee charged to local authorities for the onward management of wood waste collected from Household Waste & Recycling Centres (HWRC) has risen marginally since last year.
  • The median gate fee for landfilling non-hazardous waste has remained unchanged since last year, but the annual increase in landfill tax has meant that overall the cost of landfilling has increased by £8 per tonne.
  • With the rise in landfill tax the median gate fees paid at EfW or MBT (Mechanical Biological Treatment) facilities are now cheaper than landfill.
  • The range in gate fees presented for landfilling the three hazardous materials considered are broadly similar to those presented last year. 


Notes to Editor

  • To read the Gate Fees Report 2013 http://www.wrap.org.uk/node/8454/revisions/33124/view
  • *(-) a minus symbol denotes that the MRF is paying the user for its material rather than receiving payment.
  • The Gate Fees Report surveyed local authorities and facilities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland between December 2012 and February 2013. The survey covered both those procuring waste treatment, disposal and recovery services (primarily local authorities) and service providers.
  • WRAP’s vision is a world without waste, where resources are used sustainably. We work with businesses and individuals to help them reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.
  • Established as a not-for-profit company in 2000, WRAP is backed by government funding from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • More information on all of WRAP's programmes can be found on www.wrap.org.uk



Ian Palmer

PR Officer, WRAP
01295 819 677