CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board member Greg Sayre has resigned over concerns about a private company that took over operation of the Slack Street recycling center.
Sayre, a waste haulers and recycling lobbyist who was appointed to the Solid Waste Authority by the state Department of Environmental Protection, turned in a three-page resignation letter Thursday.
In the letter, Sayre said the solid waste board acted hastily in hiring a private company to take over the county's recycling program, and questions the background and qualifications of George Hunyadi, who runs that company.
"Yesterday I invested $29.99 in an Internet financial background check for George M. Hunyadi age 44, Ohio resident, owner of Innovative Organics, a sole proprietor company," Sayre wrote in his resignation letter. "It turned up seven IRS liens and judgments.
"I don't know how reliable those Internet services are, but I'm getting off the bus."
"What does that have to do with West Virginia?" Hunyadi said when asked about the liens. "All my West Virginia stuff is good."
Last year, members of the solid waste board voted to shut down the Slack Street recycling facility for safety reasons. They later reopened it as a drop-off only, but the county's recycling program was crippled.
Board members spent the rest of the year trying to figure out how to salvage the program, eventually deciding to sign a lease agreement with Hunyadi to take over operations of the recycling center.
Hunyadi set up a company called West Virginia Recycling Services to run the Slack Street facility, and started operations last month. He hired several former employees of the Solid Waste Authority to work at Slack Street.