Liquid Environmental Solutions


Fuel and regulatory costs are often beyond our control. Our surcharges enable us to adjust for these routine fluctuations, while keeping the base rates for our services competitive.

Energy Component

The energy surcharge calculation is tied directly to the national average price of diesel fuel as reported weekly 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. This ensures that you, our valued customer, will pay a fuel surcharge that is currently adjusted, easy to calculate, and equitable to you and to Liquid Environmental Solutions.

The EIA/DOE average is published each Monday. Liquid Environmental Solutions will use the published average from the last Monday of every month to calculate the energy charge for the following month. Liquid Environmental Solutions’ surcharge tables show what the energy surcharge, as a percentage of your monthly or other periodic invoice charges, before taxes, would be based upon the last reported EIA/DOE national diesel price index prior to your invoice date.

Environmental and Regulatory Recovery Component

Every year, we incur significant costs from municipal manifest costs, wastewater discharge expenses, permitting fees and waste disposal surcharges. The environmental and regulatory recovery component is an amount or percentage of all invoice charges, including the pre-tax fuel surcharge that was implemented in February 2008. This component helps cover costs of our collection, transfer, processing and disposal operations, on a company-wide basis, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The amount or percentage of the environmental and regulatory charge is not tied to any specific costs (direct or indirect) of servicing your individual account.

Determination of the Energy/Environmental Charge Amount

The Energy/Environmental Charge that appears on your invoice is determined by applying the percentage from Liquid Environmental Solutions’ Energy Surcharge Table to the invoice charges (excluding tax):

  • Commercial Energy Surcharge: 15.50%
  • National Account Energy Surcharge: 9.25%
  • Industrial Transportation Energy Surcharge: 31%
  • Industrial Energy Fee: 8.5%
  • Legacy Industrial Energy Fee: 5.25%

Not a Governmental Tax; Future Changes

The Energy/Environmental Charge is not a tax or surcharge imposed by or remitted to any governmental or regulatory agency; it is our charge. The percentages may be changed at the discretion of Liquid Environmental Solutions. To the extent required by your applicable customer service terms, your consent to the assessment of the Energy/Environmental Charge, and any changes to such charge, is effective upon your payment.