Two big name companies were caught improperly disposing of waste in landfills containing toxic chemicals and other harmful materials. Big Lots and Dollar General retail stores settled accusation with millions of dollars to civil penalties, costs, environmental projects and hazardous-waste minimization activities. The total cost of the Big Lots accusations reaching $3.5 Million.
Employees from the companies sent e-scraps, corrosive and ignitable liquids, toxic materials and batteries to landfills that were not authorized to receive such materials. The e-waste was disposed through their dumpsters which were dumped in local landfills. This e-waste should have been taken to a proper recycling center instead of thrown in the trash.
This was not the first accusation of these companies as other reports show there have been other investigations concerning improper disposing of E-Scraps and Waste prior to this case.
Big Lots and Dollar General are now using hazardous licensed transporters to dispose of the waste at authorized hazardous waste facilities.
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