CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Scrap Metal recycling center will be closing down Friday.
It is the last recycling center in the City of Chico.
A lawsuit involves going to trial with the City of Chico -- and that is forcing owner Kim Scott to close the recycling center part of her business. The lawsuit has been an issue for ten years, she explained.
"We're shutting down because the numbers just don't add up," Scott said. She explained that right now her company needs to spend its money on legal expenses.
The recycling from Chico Scrap Metal was being sent to Ming's Recycling in Sacramento for processing. A representative from that business told Action News Now that they give out $2.5 million dollars from the recycling center. That's 2.5 million dollars that will not be going back into the local economy.
Ming's explained to Action News Now that the city will now have to put the cans into the blue bins. The recycling will end up mixed up with other plastics. They said by doing that more harm could end up being done to the environment.
The City of Chico denied an interview but said part of the lawsuit stems from a previous city council that wanted the recycling center to move somewhere else in the city.
"If you want us to move again, we feel like you should be part of that financial solution to move us," Scott said about the City of Chico.
Some residents of the area are involved in recycling every day. It is what they do to survive.
Whenever someone buys a soda, an extra five cents is charged. That is money people can get back when they recycle their cans.
Larry Quinn said he uses those returns to support his entire family.
"This is what I do for an income. This is how I support me, my girlfriend, and our new baby," Quinn said. He has a 5-month-old infant to take care of.
"I spend a lot of time with my family,” Quinn said. “There are days where I get to wake up and I don't have any money for breakfast, so I have to go. But this place -- it keeps me in all that. You know what I mean?"
"We have no problem at all bringing back the CRV recycling if we can get some help to do that," Scott explained.
We have reached out to Cal Recycle to ask what happens when there are no more CRV recycling centers in the city.
The Chico Scrap Metal will still be taking in scrap metal to recycle.