Township negotiates in “bad faith” to recycle storm debris
A trial court found that a New Jersey township sought to end an agreement so it could recycle its vegetative waste without dealing with the plaintiffs.
Situated about 40 miles northwest of Newark, N.J., the township of West Milford maintained a vegetative waste recycling center for many years where both the township and its residents disposed of brush, grass and leaves. The center was located on a 10-acre parcel, known as Lot 29, and two adjacent lots.
Scott Ridings is the owner of Triple T Construction and a part owner of Organic Waste Solutions (OWS). Sometime prior to 2010, Triple T acquired Lot 29. In 2010, Triple T and the township signed a three-year lease, giving the township possession of approximately 3.5 acres of Lot 29 and enabling it to continue using the site for vegetative waste. The lease term, retroactive to October 1, 2009, ran to September 30, 2012. The lease required the township to pay a monthly rent of $4,500.
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