MRF gate fees continue to rise

The median gate fee paid by UK local authorities to send materials collected through the kerbside recycling system to materials recovery facilities (MRFs) has increased by 47 per cent, according the UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

WRAP has revealed the figures in the 11th edition of its Gate Fees Report, which compares the costs of alternative waste treatment options across the UK for 2017/18. Examining gate fees across a range of treatment options, the report shows that the median gate fee paid by local authorities to send materials to MRFs increased from £15 (€17) per tonne in 2016/17 to £22 (€25) per tonne for the following year – an increase of 47 per cent.