WV Solid Waste Management Board

WV Solid Waste Authorities


West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities

West Virginia's 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.

For more information on the WV Solid Waste Authorities, see Chapter 5 of the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Plan.


 Administrative Guide for Solid Waste Authorities

The Solid Waste Management Board's Recycling, Market Development & Planning Section is responsible for publishing and providing periodic 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).

Subjects covered 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 owned facilities.

Click here for a complete copy of the latest version of the Administrative Guide for Solid Waste Authorities


Solid Waste Planning

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:

  • Series 3, Comprehensive Litter and Solid Waste Control Plans;

  • Series 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.


Solid Waste Authority Member Training Material

The following material is from the New Member Training Workshop held at Blessed John XXIII Center,  Charleston, WV on October 6, 2011

SWA Training

Solid Waste Planning

State Grants Available

To Do - SWA Business Practices

DEP REAP Brochure

SWMB DEP-REAP Grant Schedules

Open Government Booklet

Ethics Booklet


Mandatory Disposal

W.Va. Code §22C-4-10 requires that everyone in the state dispose of their garbage legally. W.Va. Code §22C-4 gives the SWAs the authority to promulgate rules to that effect and reads as follows:

W.Va. Code §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 authority affairs.

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 facility.

Click here for a look at WV Code Rule 33 CSR 7, Proof of Proper Solid Waste Disposal.

The following methods of waste disposal are illegal:

  • It's illegal to burn solid waste - W.Va. §22-5-3;

  • It's illegal to bury solid waste - W.Va. §22-15-10;

  • It's Illegal to dump solid waste into a roadside dump - W.Va. §22-15-10;

  • It's Illegal to create an open dump on your property - W.Va. §22-15-10.

 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 byproducts and other issues relevant to waste management in and around West Virginia.

Click here to go to the SWA links page.



SWA Links

Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities

SWA Contacts

SWA Equipment Exchange Page

SWA Board Appointment Form: Interactive

SWA Links Page

SWA Administrative Guide


State Links

State Agencies Listings

WV Legislature

WV Department of Environmental Protection

WV Attorney General

WV Secretary of State

WV Public Service Commission

WV State Auditors Office


West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board
601 57th Street, SE, Charleston, WV  25304
Phone: 304-926-0448      Toll Free: 866-568-6649      Fax: 304-926-0472