JAMESTOWN – A city resident says the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ recently introduced Residential Recycling Credit Program is flawed and as a result could open the city up to ta class action lawsuit.
Jamestown resident Guinn Anderson spoke before the Jamestown City Council on Monday night, explaining that he has not received a $10 credit from the BPU, despite the fact that he has been recycling on a monthly basis.
Earlier this year the BPU introduced new recycling bins for all city residents with each containing a unique bar code. Each time a bin was emptied by solid waste employees, the bar code would be scanned and as long as a bin was scanned at least once a month, the BPU would give the BPU customer with the corresponding bar code a $10 credit off their monthly bill.
However, Anderson says he was still being charged an additional $10 despite the fact he has been recycling on a regular basis. He says the problem is that the bar code on the recycling bin he was given and has been using does not match his home address and as a result, he’s not getting the monthly recycling credit that is owed to him.
Anderson explained to the city council that if this is happening to other residents as well, it could open the door to a class action lawsuit on the grounds of false enticement. He also told city lawmakers that he recently spoke with a representative of the BPU, but was unhappy with the way it was handled and feels that his concern didn’t get the proper attention that it deserves. As a result, he brought his concern directly to the city government.
Anderson also suggested that a solution would be for the BPU to provide all customers with their recycling bar code number in their monthly billing statement, so that they can be sure they have the correct recycling bin.
City council president Greg Rabb along with city councilman Tony Dolce said they would follow up on the matter, but also suggested that Anderson bring his concerns directly to the BPU during its next monthly meeting.