A trash hauler has agreed to pay Palm Beach County’s Solid Waste Authority $111,811 to settle a dispute over thousands of tons of trash the authority says were improperly dumped in Broward County.
Republic Services, one of four trash haulers hired by the authority to remove garbage in the county’s unincorporated areas, has denied that it improperly trucked the trash. Republic has said the waste was recyclable goods, and it was not required to be deposited at a Palm Beach County facility.
However, in a March 28 memorandum to county commissioners, authority managers said that Republic has agreed reimburse the authority for dumping fees that it would have been required to pay had the trash been taken to a Palm Beach County-owned facility. The company has also agreed to stop delivering the material to facilities not owned by the authority.
A spokeswoman for Republic did not return a call for comment Friday.
County commissioners, who serve as the authority’s governing board, are expected to discuss the settlement agreement at a meeting on Wednesday.
In a 28-page audit released last year, Palm Beach County Inspector General Sheryl Steckler found that Republic diverted 2,662 tons of trash to Broward. Had the trash been deposited in Palm Beach County, Republic would have been required to pay the authority $42 a ton, or $111,811, the report said.
The audit also found that Republic overcharged nine large companies, including retailers Home Depot and Michael’s, for disposal and hauling fees that are regulated by the authority. The amount of those overpayments totaled $9,358.
Authority managers said that Republic has resolved the billing disputes.