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Committed to ensuring a clean & safe environment.

We consider environmental stewardship of
utmost importance and believe that our
true business is making the world a
cleaner, more beautiful place to
live, work and play.

Environmental & Fuel Charge

Advanced Disposal is deeply committed to ensuring a clean and safe environment for our employees, our customers, and our communities.  We consider environmental stewardship of utmost importance and believe that our true business is making the world a cleaner, more beautiful place to live, work and play.

Advanced Disposal is committed to controlling costs and expenses so we can continue to provide you with the best overall value in environmental services. Unfortunately, fuel costs and expense and environmental compliance requirements are something we cannot fully control. Our fuel and environmental charges are meant to help us cover these costs and expenses and achieve an operating margin acceptable to Advanced Disposal. The fuel and environmental fees are two separate line items on customer invoices.

FUEL CHARGE

Our fuel fee calculation is generally based upon the national weekly average price of diesel fuel – all types as reported by the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy ("EIA/DOE") in its Weekly Retail On-Highway Diesel Prices Index. This index is objective, publicly available and widely recognized in the trucking and transportation industries. Basing our fuel fee upon this index will ensure that you, our valued customer, will pay a fuel fee that is currently adjusted, easy to calculate, and equitable.   

The fuel fee is generally based on the month’s weekly average diesel prices immediately prior to your invoice date.  The Fuel Fee Table indicates what the fuel fee is as a percentage of your total invoice charges, not including fees and taxes, generally based on the prior month’s weekly diesel pricing average as shown on the invoice.  The amount of the fuel fee reflected on your invoice is not designed to be specific to the direct costs and expense to service your account, but rather is designed to address changes in Advanced Disposal’s overall cost structure and to achieve an operating margin acceptable to Advanced Disposal.  

ENVIRONMENTAL CHARGE

As of November 1, 2014, the environmental fee is, or will be, established at twelve percent (12%) of your total invoice charges, not including fees and taxes, as shown on the invoice, which may change from time-to-time. Please note:  Some disposal customers are charged a flat per load rate or a variation not described herein or have other contract terms. Contact your local Advanced Disposal service location for further details.

The environmental fee was implemented to cover company wide costs and expenses to operate our collection, transfer, landfill, materials recovery facilities, and landfill gas-to-energy operations in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and to achieve an operating margin acceptable to Advanced Disposal. The amount or percentage of the environmental fee is not designed to be specific to the direct costs and expense to service your account, but is designed to address changes in Advanced Disposal’s overall costs and expenses related to, but not limited to the following:

  • Tire disposal
  • Battery disposal
  • Landfill linings and cover
  • Engineering
  • Permit and license compliance
  • NPDES
  • SPCC / SWPPP
  • Title V Air
  • Federal, State and Local Regulations
  • Landfill Development
  • Landfill monitoring
  • Landfill maintenance 
  • Landfill leachate disposal
  • Environmental Insurance and Surety Bonds
  • Employee training and certification


NOT A GOVERNMENTAL TAX; FUTURE CHANGES
 

The fuel and environmental charges are not a tax or surcharge imposed by or remitted to any governmental or regulatory agency; it is our charge. The fuel and environmental fees may be changed at the sole discretion of Advanced Disposal.  To the extent required by your applicable customer service terms, your consent to the assessment of the fuel and environmental fees, and any changes to such fees, is effective upon your payment.

 
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Frequently Asked Questions

There is fuel and other petrochemical (oil, lubricants, etc.) direct and indirect costs associated with Advanced Disposal and its affiliates' collection, transfer, landfill and material recovery facilities in multiple states and geographic regions. The Fuel Fee is designed to help recover increases in these costs. By charging a fuel fee, we are better able to isolate and recover fluctuations that may occur in fuel costs that impact the overall cost of services that we provide to our customers... Further, our vendors also charge us fees and surcharges when fuel prices increase, and often we see a general increase in the cost of goods and services that must be recouped.

 

The Fuel Fee is intended to fluctuate with the average monthly diesel price as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration/Department of Energy (EIA/DOE) Retail On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price Index. As a result, the Fuel Fee may increase or decrease on a monthly basis if calculated based upon the Fuel Fee Table. Additionally, effective November 1, 2014, we adjusted the Fuel Fee Table subsequent to a periodic review of our costs.

 

The Fuel Fee is generally expressed as a percentage of invoice charges, less taxes and other fees. Effective November 1, 2014 for hauling and transfer station customers, for every penny of fuel price increase above $1.45 reported on the applicable EIA/DOE Retail On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price Index, the corresponding Fuel Fee on the Fuel Fee Table now increases by 0.074% above an initial rate of 2.60%. For our landfill customers, for every penny of fuel price increase above $1.45 reported on the applicable U.S. Energy Information Administration website index, the corresponding Fuel Fee on the Fuel Fee Table now increases by 0.03% above an initial rate of 1.49%.

 

As the cost of fuel increases, the Fuel Fee, and therefore the overall invoice charge, will increase.  However, when fuel prices decrease, the Fuel Fee, and therefore the overall invoice charge, will decrease. 

 

The Fuel Fee relates to Advanced Disposal and its affiliates' direct and indirect fuel and other petrochemical costs to service all customers located in multiple states and geographic regions.  It is not associated with any direct or indirect cost at any one of our local affiliates to service its customers' accounts, nor is it associated with any direct or indirect cost to service a specific customer account. Although some of our local companies have converted (or may convert) to alternative-fuel-powered (for example, CNG or LNG) trucks or other equipment, most of the collection and disposal trucks, vehicles, and other equipment used in our operations remain diesel-powered.  Advanced Disposal and its affiliates incur costs in the form of diesel, CNG, LNG or other alternative fuel purchases in addition to other petrochemical expenses throughout its multi-state operations. 

 

The environmental fee component is our charge that we attribute to our overall company-wide costs and expenses to operate our business in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and to achieve an operating margin acceptable to Advanced Disposal. This environmental fee is not specifically tied to the environmental compliance or other costs and expenses to service each individual customer account, but to overall environmentally related costs and expenses to service all Advanced Disposal customers and to achieve an operating margin acceptable to Advanced Disposal. Our environmentally related costs and expenses include, among other things, landfill cover material, engineering, testing and maintenance in our landfills. In our collection operations these costs and expenses include such things as the disposal of tires, batteries, oils and fluids and the monitoring and management of vehicle emissions.

 

The environmental fee does not fluctuate on a monthly basis. However, like most companies, we are constantly looking at various cost and expense components of our business, including our environmentally related costs and expenses, to ensure we continue to operate in a profitable and sustainable manner. Therefore, the environmental fee may be changed from time-to-time. The environmental fee may be changed periodically if there is a business determination that warrants an increase or decrease in the fee charged. Effective as of November 1, 2014, the environmental fee was increased to 12%. Please note: Some disposal customers are charged a flat per load rate.

 
 
 
About Advanced Disposal

Advanced Disposal brings fresh ideas and solutions to the business of a clean environment. As the largest privately-owned environmental services company in the U.S., we provide integrated, non-hazardous solid waste collection, recycling and disposal services to residential, commercial, industrial and construction customers across 17 states and the Bahamas. Our team is dedicated to finding effective, sustainable solutions to preserve the environment for future generations.

 
 
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