Lawsuit accuses recycler of dumping recyclables

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Hawaii's oldest and largest scrap metal recycling company has been slapped with a lawsuit in federal court. The lawsuit alleges Schnitzer Steel Hawaii is illegally dumping recyclable metal into Waimanalo Gulch.

The lawsuit says that Schnitzer is in violation of a city ordinance under which the company receives $2 million dollars through an annual subsidy. The lawsuit also says that Schnitzer is misleading the City into believing that it is not dumping recyclable materials.

The suit was filed today in U.S. District Court by Paragon Metals, which is Schnitzer's chief competitor.