Carper said the state Solid Waste Management Board offers low-interest loans, and might be able to provide funds for much of the cost of replacing the Slack Street facility. Carper said there was a "90 percent chance" that the state would provide a loan for the project.
Kay Summers, chairwoman of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority, said the authority has asked for loans before, to no avail. But Carper said he had talked with state Solid Waste Management Board Director Mark Holstine, and thinks this time might be different.
Holstine was part of the recycling task force. While he said he couldn't speak for the state Solid Waste board, he said the board might be able to swing a $750,000 loan for Slack Street.
Previous estimates at a new facility were more than $1 million, but Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy said a functional recycling facility could probably be built for less. He said county officials would be willing to pitch in to help pay for what the loan doesn't.
Summers said she would present the idea to the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority at their Tuesday meeting. Summers said she needs to make up her mind whether the authority can make recycling work with a state loan, or if Hunyadi remains the best option.
But the Hunyadi deal might be in trouble. Recently, West Virginia Cashin Recylables filed a lawsuit against West Virginia Recycling Services -- the company name Hunyadi registered in West Virginia in anticipation of taking over Slack Street. West Virginia Cashin is arguing the company name sounds too much like theirs.
Although Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority member Greg Sayre said the suit is only about Hunyadi's company name, others think West Virginia Cashin is trying to scare Hunyadi into abandoning plans to open a business in West Virginia. Sayre is also a lobbyist for recyclers and represents West Virginia Cashin.Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.