Lawsuit filed against Bushwick waste transfer station

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Some Bushwick residents have filed a lawsuit against a waste transfer station, claiming it impacts their daily lives.

A foul odor, dust blowing into apartments, garbage and rats are just some of the complaints residents have against GPB Waste NY, LLC; GPB Capital Holdings, LLC and prior owner Brooklyn Transfer, LLC.

After years of complaints, residents filed a suit against the companies Wednesday morning in Kings County Supreme Court.

Elibeth Arias also claims that one of the trucks from the station damaged her family's car, but the company has not taken responsibility. She says moving is not an option for her family, who feels stuck in their rent-stabilized apartment.

Those living near the station say they know its shutdown is unlikely, but they do want the company to be a good neighbor.

"The transfer station on Thames Street has been a longstanding fixture in this community for over 20 years, and we've watched the neighborhood grow and evolve around us," a GPB spokesperson said in a statement. "We are known for our unwavering commitment to compliance and our efforts to operate the business in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations. We dispute the merits of the plaintiff's claims asserted in the lawsuit and our attorneys will oppose such claims in the appropriate forum."

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