MRF entry fees have more than doubled since 2018, reports WRAP

According to the annual gate charge report published by WRAP today (August 4), the average gate charge recorded by councils was £60 per tonne in 2021, up from £25 per tonne in 2018.

The gross entry charge amounts to a mid-point figure of £80/tonne, groupage and transport from the transfer station to the MRF being taken into account.

This takes into account the wide range of results received as well as the significant variability in the types of contractual arrangements in place, as noted below.

A range of responses were received depending on the types of contracts

However, the picture is mixed across the country.

WRAP explained that 45% of responding local authorities said their gross entrance fee had changed in the past year. Of these, 49% suggested it had increased, 42% suggesting a decrease and 9% no change.

WRAP added: “The upward trend in MRF entry charges continues. The median gross UK MRF entry charge for
sorting contracts for 2 or more materials are £60/tonne (for a range of -£30 to £135/tonne),
compared to £43/tonne in 2019/20 and £25/tonne in 2018.”

Organic waste

With food waste sent to anaerobic digestion (AD), the median UK entry charge was £30/tonne excluding transport, the document continues, adding that last year’s charge was slightly higher at £35/tonne.

The results highlighted the fact that entry fees for food waste have remained relatively stable, with 90% of the 42 local authorities responding stating that their entry fees have not changed over the past year.

Forty-nine respondents said they send material to backyard composting facilities, with the majority (45%) sending a mixture of food and green waste, and 35% sending only green waste.

waste energy

The median UK gate charge, excluding transport for waste sent to EfW facilities, was £95/tonne. This was £2 more than last year’s figure.

The report added that for England the median import duty was slightly lower than the UK at £90/tonne, with London the lowest figure at £70/tonne.

Contamination

According to the survey, “MRF contracts are more likely than before to have contamination thresholds imposed on them”.

Based on the evidence provided, it suggests that contamination is now more actively monitored and enforced by MRF operators, “likely due to higher standards applied by material reprocessors”.

Two-thirds (66%) of respondents indicated a maximum contamination threshold of 15%, beyond which charges are rejected or charges imposed, the document reads.

Additionally, interview with the operator suggested that contamination rates are increasing, with one suggesting that they have gone from an average of 12% to 15% of the input material.

Useful links

Gate Fee Report 2021/22 | WRAP

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