Recycling company sues city over disposal discount

Nathaniel Herz

An Anchorage recycling company is suing the city for more than $100,000 over a discount in landfill disposal fees it says it's entitled to but never received.

Central Recycling Services says that Solid Waste Services, the municipal garbage utility, has refused to give a 50 percent discount for the disposal of waste the company had generated as part of its recycling operation, according to a complaint filed in state civil court last month.

City code contains a number of provisions that must be fulfilled before the discount is granted, and Solid Waste Services' position is that the recycling company did not meet them.

"The material they did bring in that qualified, we gave them their discounted rates," said Paul Alcantar, the director of Solid Waste Services. "But this material they were trying to bring us didn't qualify for it."

Alcantar said that the substance in question consisted of ground-up sheetrock and other building materials.

Shane Durand, Central Recycling Services' co-owner, was on vacation and unavailable Thursday, according to a woman who answered the phone at the company's office. She said no one else could speak about the suit.

The company's complaint says it developed a business plan in 2008 after consultations with Solid Waste Services, but that the utility later gave a differing interpretation of the city's recycling code in 2012 that is "contrary to law."

Reach Nathaniel Herz at or 257-4311.