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December 15, 2022: TJ Maxx Fined $2 Million for Unlawful Hazardous Waste Disposal

TJX, the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, has been fined more than $2 million for unlawfully disposing of hazardous waste in 38 counties in California.
A lawsuit was filed last October on behalf of the 38 counties, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The lawsuit claimed the company disposed of hazardous waste in its regular trash bins, which are not authorized to accept hazardous waste. The hazardous waste included batteries, aerosol products, electronic devices, cleaning agents, ignitable liquids, and other flammable, reactive, toxic and corrosive materials.
The lawsuit went on to claim the company “failed to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct the violations” of hazardous waste disposal, “despite having the power, authority, and notice sufficient to do so.”
TJX is required to pay $1.8 million for civil penalties, $300,000 for supplemental environmental projects, and $250,000 to reimburse investigative and enforcement costs. Additionally, they must hire at least one person to oversee the hazardous waste compliance program, undergo waste audits for the next three years, and must ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding hazardous waste management.

T.J. Maxx company to pay $2 million for hazardous waste disposal in SLO, other counties

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