West Virginia Solid Waste
fifty local Solid Waste Authorities (SWAs) were created in 1989 by W.Va. Code
§22C-4. The Legislative intent was to protect the public health and welfare
with a comprehensive program of solid waste collection, processing,
recycling and disposal, managed for the most part, on the local level.
Responsibilities of the authorities include but are not limited to
acquisition, construction of and/or operation of solid waste facilities;
local and/or regional solid waste planning; siting approval of
commercial solid waste facilities; coordinating public education and
awareness; solid waste and litter control project coordination/
management and many other thing consistent with W.Va. Code §22C-4.
more information on the WV Solid Waste Authorities, see
Chapter 5 of the West
Virginia Solid Waste Management Plan.
for Solid Waste Authorities
Solid Waste Management Board's Recycling, Market Development
& Planning Section is responsible for publishing and
updates to the Solid Waste Authority Administrative Guide.
The purpose of this document is to provide initial
instruction to new SWA board members and provide a resource for SWA veterans detailing the operational aspects of their county
and/or regional Solid Waste Authorities (SWAs).
in the guide include SWA administration, business
procedures, solid waste planning, issuing certificates of siting approval for
solid waste facilities, SWMB grants, recycling and
market development, the role of education in solid waste
management, cleaning up open dumps, enforcing mandatory
disposal and operating and closing solid waste authority
Click here for a complete copy of the latest version of
the Administrative Guide for Solid Waste Authorities
The states fifty
county and regional solid waste authorities are responsible
for providing the Solid Waste Management Board with their
Comprehensive Litter and Solid Waste Control Plan and Commercial Solid Waste
Facility Siting Plan. These plans are to be updated every
five years. Instructions for completing the plans
can be found in the Solid Waste Authority
Administrative Guide. The required format and content of
both plans are denoted in detail in Title 54 Legislative
Rules, Series 3 and 4:
3, Comprehensive Litter and
Solid Waste Control Plans;
4, Commercial Solid Waste
Facility Siting Plans;
Click here for County Comprehensive & Litter Control
Solid Waste Plan Public Hearing Worksheet;
Click here for County Commercial Solid Waste
Facility Siting Plan Public Hearing Worksheet.
Click here for an index
and links to relevant W. Va. Code and Legislative Rules
related to solid waste management in West Virginia.
Click here for long
term waste projections based on 2010 Census data and a
2010 US EPA waste characterization study.
Waste Authority Member Training Material
material is from the New Member Training Workshop held at
Blessed John XXIII Center, Charleston, WV on October
State Grants Available
To Do - SWA
SWMB DEP-REAP Grant Schedules
that everyone in the state dispose of their garbage legally.
§22C-4 gives the SWAs the authority to promulgate
rules to that effect and reads as follows:
§22C-4-23(3): The authority board
of directors shall promulgate rules to implement the
provisions of sections nine and ten of this article and is
authorized to promulgate rules for the purposes of this
article and the general operation and administration of
State law requires households to do one of the
following with their solid waste; 1.) subscribe to and use an
approved solid waste collection service; 2.) have proof that
your waste was disposed of at an approved solid waste
for a look at WV Code Rule 33 CSR 7, Proof of Proper Solid
following methods of waste disposal are illegal:
It's illegal to burn solid waste - W.Va.
It's illegal to bury solid waste - W.Va.
It's Illegal to dump solid waste into a roadside dump -
It's Illegal to create an open dump on your property -
Penalties for noncompliance can be severe.
SWMB Grants for the Solid Waste Authorities
Annually, the Solid Waste Management Board makes grants
available to the solid waste authorities. These grants can
be used to carry out any of the authorities mandated
responsibilities including funding operational and equipment
cost for authority owned solid waste facilities, public
education programs, solid waste planning, procuring
financial examinations and other relevant expenses.
Grant applications are due by April 30 of each year.
SWA Recycling Equipment Exchange Page
From time to time, most authorities that manage recycling
programs have equipment that, for one reason or another,
they can no longer use. The Recycling Equipment Exchange
Page provides a format where authorities can sell, lease,
donate or otherwise transfer used equipment to another
program for continued use.
If your authority is in need of equipment you should check
this page to see if someone else has something you can use.
If you have equipment that you don't need and are willing to
transfer that equipment to another authority, contact
Nicole Hunter at the
Solid Waste Management Board.
Click here to
go to the Recycling Equipment Exchange Page.
SWA Links Page
This page contains informational links for animal and
agricultural waste and composting and yard waste; links to
local economic development authorities and the states eleven
Regional Development Councils; information on recyclable
materials, recyclable markets, educational material, wood
other issues relevant to waste management in and around West
Click here to go to the SWA links