MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - The state sued a trash hauling company, claiming it was charging customers in Richland County for recycling services that were never provided.
Instead, Browning-Ferris Industries of Ohio Inc. dumped recyclables with the regular trash, then claimed the recycling had been done, Attorney General Betty Montgomery said.
"There was absolutely no benefit to thousands of customers who paid an extra fee for this service or to the environment when the recyclable material went straight to the landfill with the rest of the garbage," Montgomery said.
The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in Richland County Common Pleas Court, asks the company to reimburse customers and pay fines of $25,000 for each of six violations of Ohio's Consumer Sales Practices Act. No criminal charges were filed.
Montgomery's office said customers typically paid the company $12 a month for trash collection, with about 3,000 paying an additional $1 for recycling.
Doug Collins, district manager of Browning-Ferris in Mansfield, did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.
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