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The charges for applying to the scheme and maintaining scheme membership are set out below. They are banded by the size of the AD plant (by annual throughput). The charges go towards the cost of running the scheme (including maintaining scheme documents and undertaking quality assurance processes, stakeholder engagement and promotion), as well as the cost of the audit process itself, which entails a desk-based review, a site visit (up to one day on site) and compilation of the audit report.

Table 1: Application Fees

AD plant annual throughputCharge payable by Scheme Applicant (exc. VAT)
Up to 14,999 tonnes£1,200
From 15,000 to 29,999 tonnes£2,500
From 30,000 to 49,999 tonnes£4,000
From 50,000 tonnes upwards£5,000

Table 2: Annual Renewal Fees (for surveillance audits only – i.e. no site visit is required)

AD plant annual throughputCharge payable by Scheme Applicant (exc. VAT)
Up to 14,999 tonnes£600
From 15,000 to 29,999 tonnes£1,250
From 30,000 to 49,999 tonnes£2,000
From 50,000 tonnes upwards£2,500

Please note: it is advised that prospective applicants contact an appointed Certification Body to discuss the charges. For operators with multiple plants, a discount of 10% will be applicable from the second plant that is put forward to the scheme by that operator.

The Certification Body may offer reduced fees should they be able to offer a combined package of audits with other schemes used by AD operators.

It is also advised that you read the Scheme Rules document which contains further information on the audit process.

These fees may be reviewed periodically, so please check the website for the latest charge or speak with an appointed Certification Body.

There is currently one appointed Certification Body – Aardvark Certification Ltd – visit their website for a list of scheme charges.

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