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Solid Waste Services Seeks to Raise Rates

By Staff | Dec 2, 2015

On Nov. 20, 2015, Solid Waste Services of West Virginia, Inc. (SWS) filed an application with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia to increase residential and commercial waste collection rates for the customers it serves in Wetzel, Tyler, Pleasants, and Marshall Counties. If approved as filed, the increase will produce approximately $1,1012,821.00 annually in additional revenue, which is an increase of approximately 59.1 percent.

SWS’ last application for a base rate increase was in October 2007, with a Rule 30E surchage approved in February 2014.

SWS’s current rate for residential service is $16.01 per month, plus a Commission-established fuel surcharge, and its proposed residential rate is $27.50 per month. Under its current tariff, commercial collection rates are negotiable and SWS is proposing a commercial rate increase as the Commission may determine.

The requested change in rate is only a proposal and subject to approval, denial or modification by the Public Service Commission upon its review of the SWS application. The Commission may schedule a hearing on the application and if it does, notice will be given of the time and place of the hearing.

Anyone desiring to protest the application or to intervene should file a written protest or notice of intervention by January 11, 2016, briefly setting forth the reasons for the protest or intervention. An untimely protest or intervention may affect your rights in future proceedings on this application. Intervention requests must comply with the Commission rules. All protests or intervention requests should be addressed to the Executive Secretary of the Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, West Virginia 25323.

A copy of the SWS’s existing authorized rates and its proposed rates is available to existing customers, prospective customers, or their agents at SWS’s office at 373 Plum Street, Proctor, West Virginia 26055, and at the Commission’s office at 201 Brooks Street, Charlestown, West Virginia. An SWS representative is available to provide infromation concerning the proposed rate change.