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California Takes Walmart To Court For Illegal Disposal Of Hazardous Waste

Published on: 4 January 2022 12:25 AM
by KnowESG
Cars parked at Walmart's parking bay
Cars parked at Walmart's parking bay

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California files a lawsuit against Walmart for the illegal dumping of hazardous waste. Walmart allegedly broke environmental rules and regulations by filling hazardous waste in landfills. The firm is also accused of leaking personal customer information.

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Walmart is being sued by California Attorney General Rob Bonta, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and twelve district attorneys for illegally disposing of hazardous garbage.

Walmart is accused of improperly discarding numerous types of waste in local landfills that are not equipped or permitted to receive them, according to the lawsuit.

The waste included alkaline and lithium batteries, insect killer sprays and other pesticides, aerosol cans, toxic cleaning supplies, electronic waste, latex paints, and LED lightbulbs, along with confidential customer information, according to a statement on the lawsuit.

According to Walmart's inspection results, the California Department of Justice estimates the firm illegally disposed of more than 1 million goods yearly, weighing about 159, 000 pounds.

This isn't the first that the company breaks California's environmental rules. The corporation was fined $25 million in 2010 for unlawfully disposing of hazardous garbage across California. Despite agreeing to stop dumping as part of the settlement, Walmart's operations were found to be in violation of state laws beginning in 2015. Every one of the 58 inspections of trash compactors taken from Walmart stores between then and now revealed dozens of things labelled as hazardous waste, medical waste, and/or customer records including personal information.

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