Target Corporation settles e-waste enforcement lawsuit.

The Target Corporation has agreed to pay out $22.5 million in penalties, concluding a two-year suit brought against the company by several California law enforcement agencies over charges that for years the company improperly disposed of hazardous waste, including electronics.
The settlement ends a 2009 lawsuit brought against the retail chain by 19 California district attorneys, the state attorney general and the city attorneys in San Diego and Los Angeles. It alleged that more than 240 Target stores throughout the state unlawfully disposed of various toxic wastes and materials that included many harmful household chemicals, as well as batteries and electronics.
“Further investigation found that Target also disposed of its hazardous waste by dispensing it to local charities, who in turn simply discarded it. The lawsuit alleged that Target engaged in unlawful disposal practices to sidestep the cost of proper hazardous waste disposal,” reads a statement on the Ventura County District Attorney’s office, one of the agencies involved in the action against the retailer.
The complaint against Target cites, as an example of the retailer’s problems, an instance where employees at a store in Monterey County allegedly put e-waste in a compactor that was then taken by a garbage hauler not authorized to transport such materials to a destination not authorized to accept it.
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