Business & Real Estate

Dollar Tree agrees to pay $2.7 M for improper hazardous waste disposal

Dollar Tree Inc. is the latest company to pay millions of dollars to California counties and cities to settle claims that its stores illegally disposed of hazardous waste.

The order for payment of $2.7 million was issued by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Morris Jacobson and announced Friday by 46 California district attorneys and the city attorneys of Los Angeles and San Diego. Those jurisdictions stand to receive a portion of the funds. The settlement included the district attorney offices of Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties.

Virginia-based Dollar Tree also agreed to implement an improved hazardous waste compliance program at its California stores and distribution centers.

The Dollar Tree action is the latest in a string of similar settlements agreed to by retailers doing business in California. Other settlements in the past three years were announced with Walgreens, Raleys, Rite Aid, Safeway and 99 Cents Only Stores.

Following an investigation by the district attorneys’ offices and state regulators, Dollar Tree was charged with illegally disposing hazardous waste products into store trash bins. District attorneys said nearly 500 Dollar Tree facilities improperly handled and disposed of toxic materials, batteries, electronic devices and other electronic waste. Instead of transporting the materials to authorized hazardous waste facilities, prosecutors said Dollar Tree employees took them to landfills that were not permitted to accept toxic materials.

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