Judge Orders St. Louis County to Pay $5.9 Million to Trash Haulers

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge has ordered the county to pay $5.9 million to three trash haulers who claimed they improperly lost contracts when the county reorganized its trash districts five years ago.

The ruling is seen as a setback for the Dooley Administration, which had argued that it acted properly when it set up a new system for trash pickup in St. Louis County.

Attorney Jane Dueker who represents Waste Management Service, Meridian Waste Services, and American Eagle Waste Industries says the county broke the law.

“There is a provision in state law that requires that the existing haulers get to remain and winding down their business for two years,” she explained. “They are entitled to a two year notice before the business can be taken from them.”

Judge Barbara Wallace ordered St. Louis County to pay:

  • Waste Management Service $4.9 million
  • Meridian Waste Services $384,000
  • American Eagle Waste Industries $590,000

The trash haulers sued the county in 2008 in a case that wound its way to the Supreme Court before returning to a lower court for a final decision. St. Louis County can still appeal the size of the judgement, but not the ruling.

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