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Home Depot to Pay $27M in Hazardous Waste Disposal Fines

Home Depot to Pay $27M in Hazardous Waste Disposal Fines

The Home Depot will pay $27 million to settle claims that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste, including aerosol cans, batteries, electronics, paint and other items in California, The New York Times reports.

The California attorney general says inspections of the retailer’s trash over a two-year period led to the discovery of the improper disposal of hazardous waste, the article says.

According to the Times, Home Depot will pay $16 million in civil penalties, $9 million in environmental protection and compliance and about $2 million in cost recovery.

In addition to improper hazardous waste disposal, the settlement addresses allegations that the retailer disposed of customer information “without first rendering personal information unreadable,” Reuters reports.

“We’re pleased to have settled this and we remain committed to the responsible disposal of waste,” Home Depot says in a statement. “We’ll continue to work with California officials to that end.”

The Home Depot is headquartered in Atlanta and operates more than 2,200 stores in North America, including nearly 250 locations in California.

About Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul
Melanie is the features editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. Originally from South Bend, Indiana, has a degree in professional writing. She worked in central Pennsylvania for several years after college as a barista and an editor and returned to the Hoosier State in late 2016 to join the NRHA team. In her spare time, she enjoys testing new recipes and watching online makeup tutorials. She and her husband are raising their son and two fur children in Indianapolis.