The Gate Fees 2022/23 report summarises the findings of WRAP’s sixteenth annual gate fees survey. The survey covers gate fees charged to local authorities in the UK for a range of municipal waste recycling, recovery, and disposal options.

Comparing the costs of alternative waste treatment options

The most recent in our long running series of gate fees reports provides the latest costs for a range of waste and recycling treatments and also highlights recent trends and emerging themes for such contracts and services.

Key findings include:

  • The upward trend in median Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) gate fees continues from previous surveys.
  • The gate fees for the In-Vessel Composting (IVC), Energy from Waste (EfW), and Non-hazardous landfill treatment/disposal routes showed increases or limited changes from 2021/22 with IVC (mixed food & green waste) and landfill remaining stable, and EfW increasing.
  • The median UK AD gate fee is significantly lower compared to 2021/22, Local Authorities identified a ‘change in value of energy generate’ as one of the key reasons for the change.
  • The impact of inflation has been a key trend in the 2022/23 gate fees survey, with inflation being cited as ones the most common reason for changes in gate fees from 2021/22 for each of the treatment/disposal routes.

The report is particularly relevant to Local Authorities looking to better understand the current situation in the gate fees and plan for future services and contracts.

Gate Fees webinar

28 September 2023 @ 14:00

WRAP will be hosting a webinar on the latest version of our gate fees survey on 28 September at 14:00, aimed at Local Authorities but free for anyone to attend.

This webinar will provide the opportunity to delve deeper into the report findings, highlighting the key learning opportunities from the research, look at how local authorities can apply the data to help make informed decisions, and provide a platform to answer any questions that you may have and provide feedback on how future surveys could be conducted and improved upon.

For more information or to sign up, please visit our Upcoming webinars for local authorities page.

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