The Massachusetts-based company that operates T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods was ordered to pay over $2 million in a stipulated judgment for the unlawful disposal of hazardous waste, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announced this month.
TJX owns approximately 340 T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in California, the DA said, 10 of which are located in Alameda County.
Between 2016 and 2021, TJX companies improperly disposed of hazardous waste in trash bins which went to municipal landfills, the DA said. These landfills were not authorized to accept hazardous waste, some of which included aerosol cans, batteries, electronic devices, and cleaning agents.
The law requires that hazardous waste generated in the normal course of retail business be labeled and put in segregated containers to make sure that incompatible wastes do not mix and cause dangerous chemical reactions.
TJX was ordered to pay a stipulated judgment of $2.05 million, including $1.8 million in civil penalties, $300,000 in supplemental environmental projects, and $250,000 in reimbursement of investigative and enforcement costs.