Waste Industries USA is suing the state of North Carolina because of a new law that blocked a proposed landfill in Camden County.
Waste Industries said it spent more than $13.5 million and worked for five years on the project under a contract with Camden County before the new law took effect.
The Raleigh-based company asked Wake County Superior Court to overturn the state law or compensation for its past efforts.
State lawmakers approved new landfill restrictions amid concerns that several proposed facilities would make the state a major importer of garbage. The Waste Industries plan was halted because its landfill was being built within five miles of a national wildlife refuge.
A spokeswoman for Attorney General Roy Cooper said the state was reviewing the lawsuit.