Lawsuit claims trash company overcharged some customers

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A lawsuit claims a trash service company and the City of Richmond overcharged people who live in apartments and townhouses. The suit says people were overcharged collectively around $1.3 million.

“This is wrong. It’s in violation of the city ordinances, it’s in violation of the city contract terms,” says Steve Rosenburg, the man filing the lawsuit against Advanced Disposal and the city.

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The suit highlights a city ordinance that states the trash collection fees for each unit of a multi-family home, like an apartment or townhouse, cannot exceed the trash collection fees for a single-family home.

“The total cost to me was probably in the neighborhood of $120 or so. If you start multiplying that by everybody that rents, that’s a considerable amount of money,” says Gary Potter. Potter claims he’s one of the overcharged customers.

Rosenburg says he was able to stop the charges to his tenants by switching to a dumpster service.

ABC 36 News reached out to the city and the trash collection company for their side of the story. The city attorney and the mayor said they hadn’t seen the lawsuit yet and could not comment on any pending litigation. A voice-mail message left with Advanced Disposal was not immediately returned.