LOS ANGELES Schnitzer
Steel Industries Inc. is challenging the right of a recycler in
Eugene, Ore., to install its first shredder.
Pacific Recycling Inc. is
looking to "break dirt" on a medium-size shredder sometime in
the second quarter, Mark Losco, capital improvement manager for
the privately owned company, told AMM.
Pacific Recycling late last year
received favorable interpretations of city regulations that
would allow it to install a shredder in a "heavy-use"
industrial zone, according to company executives.
Portland, Ore.-based Schnitzer
subsequently requested interpretations of city codes, arguing
that Pacific Recyclings installation of a metal shredder
is not permitted in the industrial zone in which it is
A city official is expected to
issue a decision April 11 affirming, reversing or modifying the
earlier code interpretations that supported Pacific
"We really dont believe
this is so much (a matter of) code interpretation," said Rod
Schultz, Pacific Recyclings owner, who views
Schnitzers actions as intended "probably to keep one less
person from installing another shredder."
A Schnitzer Steel spokesman could not be reached for
Schultz, who founded Pacific
Steel in 1985 and has one facility, said his company is not
related to Pacific Steel & Recycling Inc., which is based
in Great Falls, Mont., and operates throughout parts of the
Pacific and Mountain Northwest.
An attorney for the city of
Eugene, who said that Schnitzer had filed requests for code
interpretations not only locally but on the state level,
declined to discuss details of the dispute.