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Dallas files suit against recycling company caught dumping illegally

Dallas files suit against recycling company caught dumping illegally

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Recycling means keeping things out of the waste stream, not putting them in. Photo by Whitney Radley

The city of Dallas has filed suit against a recycling company that seems to be doing everything but.

According to a release, the City Attorney's office has filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order against Blue Star Recycling, at 9527 S. Central Expwy., a company that recycles shingles and other industrial debris.

The suit follows an inspection conducted by three government entities — Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability, Dallas Water Utilities, and the Dallas Marshal’s Office — who visited the facility on December 13 and encountered illegal dumping.

They observed "large-scale illegal dumping" and industrial waste being dumped into the city's storm sewer system, in violation of the City’s stormwater permitting requirements.

Due to the severity of these issues and the risk to the environment, the City Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order with Dallas County Courts.

The company describes itself as a developer of state-of-the-art asphalt shingle recycling facilities. "Our focus is to help communities be environmentally proactive by converting a valuable resource, asphalt roof tear-offs which is commonly being disposed of in landfills, into what is known in the industry as RAS (Recycled Asphalt Shingles) aggregate," its bio says. "Our mission is to educate government and commercial entities how this valuable resource can be used in various applications and help reduce dust pollution by up to 80% thus improving the Air Quality Index."

Principals for the company include executive director Chris Ganter and COO Carl Orrell.

Blue Star Recycling is already under investigation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which initiated a probe on October 9 to determine whether in fact the site is recycling materials at all.