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RCA rejects Arrow Refuse's application

Posted: December 1, 2011 - 6:08pm  |  Updated: December 2, 2011 - 1:03am

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska denied Arrow Refuse’s application for a plan that would have sent trash collected out of town, and implemented a curbside recycling program.

The RCA, an arm of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, denied the application in a letter sent Nov. 23 to Alaska Pacific Environmental Services, which operates as Arrow Refuse.

Officials from neither the City and Borough of Juneau nor Alaska Pacific were immediately available for comment Thursday afternoon to share what the denial meant for either entity’s plans.

Alaska Pacific submitted the application Nov. 14, though the company announced in September it would be sending Juneau refuse out of town. The company’s contract with Waste Management, which operates the city dump, expires this month.

Alaska Pacific intended to build a transfer station in Juneau that would process and load solid waste and recyclables onto shipping containers. Waste would be barged to a facility in the Pacific Northwest, and the recyclable materials shipped to another facility in the Northwest for sorting and sale.

The plan also would have implemented a curbside pickup for recycling.

RCA’s letter, signed by Tariff Section Chief Robert Lindquist, states the application has been denied because it failed to comply with form and filing regulations.

RCA says the application is contradictory — that revisions in the tariff would qualify as a new service — but the company writes that the “new service represents a major modification to existing service.”

RCA states the new curbside recycling pickup would qualify for that rule, however changes to existing service — the “discontinuance of standard can and bag service” — change the way Arrow Refuse handles extra refuse; and “a mandatory requirement that customers rent containers from the company for a non-regulated rental fee.”

The state said all the changes “represent a rate redesign,” which is required to include a cost of service study and documentation on the methodology.

Meanwhile, the city, for at least the past year, has been looking into its own options for getting a more effective recycling service in town via requests for proposals.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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