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Slight increase in MRF gate fees

Gate fees charged at Materials Recovery Facilities have increased slightly on the previous 12 months, according to the latest WRAP report.

WRAP’s seventh annual report indicates that the overall UK median MRF gate fee paid by local authorities rose marginally to £10 per tonne.

Gate fees also rose for the 14 MRF contracts signed in 2013 and 2014, with a median gate fee of £0 per tonne compared to the median figure of minus £10 reported for the 11 new contacts struck in 2011 and 2012.

The report, Comparing the Costs of Alternative Waste Treatment Options, offers an industry wide overview of charges across the UK for waste treatment, recovery and disposal options.

The median gate fee paid for treating food waste at AD facilities remains steady at £40 per tonne, but varies due to a number of factors with a range from £19 to £63 per tonne.

It also indicates that almost twice the number of local authorities reported using AD facilities in the current survey than in the previous survey.

WRAP director Marcus Gover said that with many factors influencing gate fees costs vary substantially, both regionally and for the same types of treatment.

“In the case of MRFs, the range of gate fees is much broader than for other technologies and while some local authorities report receiving as much as £100 per tonne in income for their unsorted recyclate, others report paying up to £96 per tonne for their material to be sorted.

“This variation is related to a number of different factors which we outline in today’s report, which attempts to bring greater clarity to this very complex situation.”

Other specific fees include:

  • more local authorities are reporting gate fee data for Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) or Mechanical Heat Treatment (MHT). Currently, the median MBT/MHT gate fee at is £84 per tonne, up from £76 per tonne
  • the median Open Air Windrow composting gate fee remains unchanged at £24 per tonne
  • the median in-vessel composting (IVC) fee for ‘mixed food and green waste’ remains unchanged at £46 per tonne
  • the median IVC gate fee for ‘green waste only’ is £27 per tonne  
  • the median gate fee for waste wood collected at HWRCs increased marginally to £32 per tonne
  • gate fees paid by local authorities at EfW facilities continues to depend on the age of the facility with the median cost at facilities built before 2000 remaining unchanged (£58 per tonne) with higher prices charged at plants built after 2000 (£96 per tonne), up £6 on the previous year. 
  • the median gate fee for non-hazardous waste to landfill increased to £102 per tonne, made up of a gate fee of £22 per tonne (up by £1 since last year) plus £80 per tonne in landfill tax (up £8 since last year).

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