Gate fee variation makes council waste management difficult

Stretched waste management budgets and a volatile resources market are painting a confused and inconsistent picture of treatment costs

Wide national variation in gate fees makes it difficult for councils to make sound waste management decisions, according to WRAP.

The charity’s latest annual gate fees report, published on 7 July, shows the disparity in how much councils pay for dealing with recycling and treating residual waste.

In 2015, UK councils paid a median materials recovery facility (MRF) gate fee of £6 per tonne, compared with £10/t in 2014. MRF gate fees have fallen for several years, down from £15/t in 2011.

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