HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A Big Island recycling company has filed a lawsuit that seeks $5.4 million against Hawaii County and alleges a contract breach over scrap metal at two landfills.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of Big Island Scrap Metal LLC, the parent company of Atlas Recycling Centers and Island Recycling.
Plaintiffs allege being owed $3.6 million in unpaid fees. The lawsuit also seeks $1.8 million in interest.
The lawsuit says a written agreement was violated by a county-imposed cap on the amount of metal removed from the landfills and the county's refusal to pay for metal already recovered.
County environmental management director Bobby Jean Leithead Todd disagrees the cap was a breach of contract.
She says the legal action stems from "an old contract dispute."