Kanawha County Commission Opposes Rate Increase from Waste Management

Charleston, WV  The Kanawha County Commission opposes a rate increase to Waste Management of West Virginia customers that would raise monthly fees by 5.34%. According to a notice to its customers, this is an automatic rate increase, and it would not include fuel and tipping fee surcharges.

The increased rates are expected to take effect on January 1, 2023.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper vehemently opposes this rate increase. He said, We will ask our legislators to take a look at this. There shouldn’t be automatic rate increases without any approval. It’s not fair, especially with Waste Management’s service record.”

Commissioner Lance Wheeler said, “I understand that cost of doing business has gone up due to the rapid inflation we have seen recently. However, any utility rate increase must be reviewed by the Public Service Commission to see what unintended consequences may occur. I worry this will only leave more trash and waste on the side of our roads and in our rivers.”


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