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DIAPER FIRM FACES SUIT OVER RECYCLING

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A company hailed on national television as a recycler of disposable diapers was actually taking them to the dump untreated, the state contends in a lawsuit.

The attorney general's office filed suit Thursday against Anderson Diaper Co., owner Irma Anderson and her brother-in-law, former company vice president Ken Anderson, saying they violated the state Consumer Protection Act by misrepresenting the company's services.The company has been the subject of numerous news media stories and was featured in a nationally broadcast documentary on public television in 1990.

"They charged customers $20 a month for the privilege of having (Anderson) pick the diapers up and allegedly recycle them. What they don't tell you is they run the vast majority of them to the Seattle transfer station," said Doug Walsh, assistant attorney general.

The diapers and the rest of Seattle's solid waste were then taken to a landfill in Oregon, he said.

Irma Anderson blamed most of the problems on Ken Anderson's departure from the company May 11.

"In the short time since he left, we have had to go to the dump because we had a machine break down and it took a long time to get the parts," she said.

Ken Anderson could not be reached for comment. A woman who would not identify herself at Anderson Diaper Service said he was working with ABC Diaper Service in Portland, Ore.; a call to ABC was answered by a recorded message explaining its rates.

Irma Anderson said she did not know if diapers were being taken to the dump before he left.