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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Energy from Waste (EfW)

Prices 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.

Landfill and Landfill Tax rates

Landfill Tax
£ per tonne (England)
From 1 April 2020From 1 April 2019From 1 April 2018From 1 April 2017From 1 April 2016
Standard rate94.1591.3588.9586.1084.40
Lower rate3.002.902.802.702.65


Landfill Tax
£ per tonne
From 1 April 2015From 1 April 2014From 1 April 2013From 1 April 2012From 1 April 2011
Standard rate82.6080726456
Lower rate2.602.502.502.502.50

The letsrecycle.com landfill price indicators (below and in the drop down menu above right) are for gate fees into landfill for a range of standard waste materials. Prices are also shown with landfill tax – HMRC landfill tax rates for England are shown above. The monthly gate fee indicator does not apply to hazardous waste or special materials which face higher gate fees. 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.

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

SLfT Scotland £ per tonne2020/20212019/20202018/2019
Standardto be announced91.3588.95
Lowerto be announced2.902.80

WALES: From April 2018 Wales set its own landfill tax, known as the Landfill Disposals Tax (LDT).

LDT Wales £ per tonne2020/20212019/20202018/2019

Refuse Derived Fuel

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 incurs a cost of about £10-15 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).


Please note: we welcome input into these gate-fees. If you would like to contact us, please email steve.e@letsrecycle.com

Prices shown are in £ per tonne.

2020: £ per tonne (costs)JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
EfW88 - 11588 - 11585 - 11575 - 10577 - 10582 - 105
Landfill18 - 2818 - 2819 - 2719 - 2719 - 2719 - 27
Landfill + tax109.35 - 119.35109.35 - 119.35110.35 - 118.35113.15 - 121.15113.15 - 121.15113.15 - 121.15
RDF95 - 10495 - 10488 - 10476 - 8882 - 9285 - 95
2020: £ per tonne (costs)JulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
EfW82 - 10585 - 10585 - 105---
Landfill18 - 2718 - 2718 - 27---
Landfill + tax112.15 - 121.15112.15 - 121.15112.15 - 121.15---
RDF85 - 9588 - 9888 - 98---
CLARITY RDF JULY 19 N & P APRIL 2019 Beauparc 234 x120 oct 20 Country Style 234x120 june 2016 FINAL powerday_234x120_2017