Friday, May 25, 2007

Explaining 'fuel surcharge'

Ever wonder why the "fuel surcharge" on Waste Management's bill changes every month? Blame fluctuating fuel prices, says a corporate spokeswoman.

The company, the largest trash and recycling collector in the nation, adjusts it monthly fuel fee for pickup in cities where independent contractors provide collection service. The charge is based on the U.S. Department of Energy's national average for diesel fuel.

"If it goes up the week the billings go out, our fuel surcharge goes up," the spokeswoman says.

Waste Management began adding a fuel surcharge for residential and commercial customers in 2000, using a flat-fee method. Two years ago, the company initiated the current system.

The corporate Web site,, lists its fuel surcharges.

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