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WRAP Organics recycling industry status report 2015

Category: feedstocks,bioenergy
Published: 11/05/2017
Author: NNFCC & ADBA
Provides a snapshot of the organics recycling industry in the UK, with focus on anaerobic digestion and composting.


  • Most up-to-date information on the organics recycling sector in the UK
  • In-depth analysis of both Anaerobic Digestion and Composting as possible routes of organics recycling
  • Summary of all available data on feedstocks throughput, regulation, and economic impact of organics recycling

Reasons to download

  • To receive the most up-to-date data on UK organics recycling
  • To anticipate possible future trends in the organics recycling sector
  • To learn the "state of play" in UK organics recycling, to assist with development of new projects

Number of pages: 55

Accessibility: This item is available to ​download for free


This report provides a snapshot of the status of the UK’s organics recycling industry in 2014 with additional information for 2015 where data is available. Previous analyses have used comprehensive surveying to capture deployment data and trends in composting and anaerobic digestion (AD). In contrast, this report utilises various public and commercial databases and a smaller survey to deliver a snapshot of the industry, and provides the tools and data sources to help industry to be able to track the status of the organic recycling industry in future years.

The annual UK-wide organics recycling survey has been carried out since the mid-1990s and has provided invaluable data about the status of the sector and a means of monitoring its development and expansion. It has been the only source of actual capacity and throughput data for the organics recycling industry, allowing year on year development to be monitored.

As the organics recycling industry has developed and matured, its trade bodies have become experts in handling core information about the ambition, nature and capacity of the sector. Consequently, a number of different organisations now collect key data. This year is therefore a year of transition, in which the organics recycling status report is led by WRAP but is delivered in partnership with industry bodies NNFCC, ADBA, REA, ORG and ESA.

It is expected that future surveys and data collation will be led by industry.

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