Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Boise Recycling Company Fights Ada County to Survive

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Tree Top Recycling was hit with a cease and desist order on April 11.
  • Tree Top Recycling was hit with a cease and desist order on April 11.

The fate of a Boise recycling company hangs in the balance tonight as Ada County officials will allow the public to weigh in on whether Tree Top Recycling, Inc., should be allowed to operate in the City of Trees.

Following an April 11 cease and desist order, the Ada County Planning and Zoning Commission will garner public opinion this evening at 6 p.m. at the Ada County Courthouse to address Tree Top Recycling on Banner Street.

The final decision rests in the hands of Ada County Commissioners, but one long-time customer of the recycling company tells Boise Weekly he is anxious to come to Tree Top’s defense.

Fritz Keifer told BW he's satisfied with the service Tree Top provides, adding tonight’s subject might be "a conflict of interest," claiming that the county "simply doesn’t want to compete with another recycler."

“It seems wrong that one entity in competition could shut down a private enterprise,” Keifer said, “I’m as left-wing as you can get, but it doesn’t seem right to me that the government should be able to shut down that competition.”

Ada County Planning and Zoning reported what it called multiple infractions and instances of noncompliance. P and Z staffers claimed Tree Top accepted more than just wood, sod, leaves, and grass, was negligent of composting wood chips causing an strong odor, and built up dust in the surrounding neighborhood.

But Keifer pushed back against the negative report.

“[Tree Top] has been such a good facility and good business in terms of recycling organic waste,” he said, “If you have weeds in mixed loads, they’re really good about composting it—no big deal. It’s so much more approachable than the county in terms of getting rid of all these materials we as gardeners and landscapers have to deal with. We frequently end up with mixed loads the county won’t take, or if they do take, just end up burying somewhere.”

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