EfW, landfill, RDF

From January 2014 letsrecycle.com started publishing price indicators for landfill and energy from waste solutions.

The prices shown are ex works for RDF and gate-fees for waste materials (ie. charges for taking waste materials in).

Price indicators shown are not guaranteed and are an indication of market gate-fees.


EfW, landfill, RDF

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LANDFILL: The letsrecycle.com landfill, energy from waste (EfW), and refused derived fuel (RDF export) price indicators are available in the drop down menu above right. The landfill rate price indicators are for gate fees into landfill for a range of standard waste materials. Prices are also shown with landfill tax added – landfill tax rates for England, Scotland and Wales are shown below. Inert or inactive landfill fees are lower than the price paid for landfill standard material, letsrecycle.com does not publish gate fees for inert material. An HMRC guide landfill tax is available here.

ENERGY FROM WASTE: Price indicators show for EfW shown are gate-fees for mixed waste supplied to larger energy from waste plants. Gate-fees will vary in terms of the volume of material supplied, contract length and location. Sometimes the contract includes a contribution towards infrastructure construction. Higher gate fees will be charged for hazardous and other special wastes at appropriate treatment facilities.

REFUSE DERIVED FUEL (RDF) is a mixture of materials such as paper, plastics and wood from the municipal or commercial waste stream. Prices shown are for material collected ex works (ie. collected by the buyer) from the company preparing the baled waste which is often sent for energy recovery in Holland, Sweden or Germany. Some RDF is used within the UK. A higher grade of RDF is known as SRF – solid recovered fuel. Preparation of RDF can incur a cost of about £10+ to cover sorting, baling, wrapping. We do not show SRF price indicators – gate fees for SRF are lower than for RDF although SRF costs more to produce. The gate-fee for RDF depends on factors such as contract duration, spot prices, quality and calorific value (CV).

Landfill and Landfill Tax rates

Landfill Tax
£ per tonne (England)
From 1 April 2021From 1 April 2020From 1 April 2019From 1 April 2018From 1 April 2017
Standard rate96.7094.1591.3588.9586.10
Lower rate3.103.002.902.802.70
Landfill Tax
£ per tonne
(UK to 2015)
From 1 April 2016From 1 April 2015From 1 April 2014From 1 April 2013From 1 April 2012
Standard rate84.4082.60807264
Lower rate2.652.602.502.502.50

Past UK landfill tax rates were: October 1996 £7; 1999 £10; 2000 £11; 2001 £12; 2002, £13; 2003 £14; 2004, £15; 2005, £18; 2006 £21; 2007 £24; 2008 £32; 2009 £40; 2010 £48; 2011 £56; 2012 £64.

SCOTLAND: In 2015 the Scottish Landfill Tax (SLfT) came into force.

SLfT Scotland £ per tonne2021/20222020/20212019/20202018/2019

WALES: From April 2018 Wales set its own landfill tax, the Landfill Disposals Tax (LDT). Wales also charges a higher rate for illegal disposal

LDT Wales £ per tonne2021/20222020/20212019/20202018/2019
Unauthorised disposal rate145.05

Please note: we welcome input into our indicative gate-fees shown in the drop down menu. If you would like to contact us, please email steve.e@letsrecycle.com

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