UK Organics Survey 2009 published
This long awaited report presents a market analysis of the UK organics recycling industry for the calendar year 2009. It is the latest in a series of annual projects that originated with the former Composting Association members’ survey. Since 2006 this analysis has been commissioned through WRAP, working in partnership with the growing number of industry organisations in the organics recycling sector. This year’s study has been led by a partnership consisting of WRAP, the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA), the Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
The methodology for collection of data for this survey was based on the 2009 calendar year, rather than the financial year used in previous surveys. This is because data sources are now centred on the regulators’ site information and waste input data, which is only available by calendar year. This change in reporting period meant that only nine months had elapsed since the previous survey covering the reporting period 2008/09.
Headline facts and figures
  • A total of 309 organics recycling sites were identified as operational in 2009, comprising 281 permitted composting sites, 17 AD sites, nine MBT sites, plus two TAD sites (described in Section 3.1).
  • Just under 6 million tonnes (Mt) of organic waste was treated at these sites in 2009, this represents a 8.9% growth from the 2008/9 survey excluding MBT.
  • 5.5Mt of waste recycled at AD, permitted composting (IVC and OAW) and TAD sites, representing 93% of the total quantity of input waste to the industry 
  • 0.4Mt processed at MBT sites
  • the industry was dominated by a large number of operators running one or two sites (75% of all operators are in this category
  • the aggregate turnover of the UK organics recycling industry was estimated to be £229M (Section 3.3.2, Table 3.19);
  • the permitted composting sector was estimated to have a turnover of £187M;
  • turnover per tonne of material at composting sites ranged from £30 (OAW composting systems) to £61 (IVC systems);
  • the AD sector was estimated to have a turnover of £11M, calculated to be equivalent to £105/t;
  • business rates were estimated to cost composting sites £2.45/t of material processed
  • a minimum of 2325 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees were engaged in organics recycling
  • the composting sector is thought to be largely reliant upon gate fees as the primary source of revenue in their business models.
  • Aerobic composting was the dominant treatment method, accounting for 91% of permitted/licensed sites and 90% of waste. 17 AD plants (5.5%) were in operation, although these only treated 1.0% of the total quantity of input waste.
For a copy of the full report click HERE and to read the associated Q&A document please visit /dmdocuments/QandA%20for%20Organics%20Recycling%20Survey%202009.pdf
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