A California judge has ordered the Home Depot to pay $27.8 million to resolve allegations of unlawfully disposing hazardous waste materials in local landfills. The Home Depot is also being investigated for disposing of customer sensitive data.
The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and eight other prosecutor’s offices in the state, filed a civil enforcement action back in Mid-February of this year with Alameda Superior Court.
Items found were pesticides, aerosols, paint, batteries, mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs and electronic waste.
The San Diego DA’s Office searched dumpsters belonging to Home Depot stores in a coordinated effort with other offices in the state between 2013 and 2015.
Home Depot must pay $18.5 million in civil penalties and costs with an additional $2.5 million to fund environmental projects.
All 23 Home Depot stores in San Diego County are subject to the terms of the settlement, the DA’s office reported.