The mission of the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) is to promote the efficient and economical collection, and proper recycling, reuse, and disposal of solid waste by providing assistance to government agencies, private industries, and the general public to assure proper and integrated solid waste management practices.
The West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB), originally called the Resource Recovery-Solid Waste Disposal Authority, was created in 1977 in response to the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The board was created to facilitate statewide solid waste planning. The SWMB created the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Plan and is responsible for biennial plan updates. The board's responsibilities also include assisting in maintaining the financial stability of publicly owned landfills, assisting in solid waste planning on the local level, planning for special waste management needs, distributing operating capitol through a loan program and grant funding to the states fifty local solid waste authorities, providing marketing assistance to public sector recycling centers and others, monitoring publicly owned waste management facilities, assisting the West Virginia Legislature with research and other things that benefit both public and private sector waste management in West Virginia.