Retailer to pay $2M for improper e-scrap disposal

TJX owns approximately 340 T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in California. | Idealphotographer/Shutterstock

The Massachusetts-based parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods was ordered by a judge to pay $2.05 million for unlawful disposal of e-scrap, batteries and other hazardous waste in California.

Under a stipulated judgment submitted to the court by prosecutors and TJX Companies and approved by a judge, the parent company of the retail chains is required to hire at least one California compliance employee to oversee its hazardous waste program. The company will also be audited to ensure the materials are properly disposed of in all its California stores.

The total the parties agreed to includes $1.8 million in civil penalties, $300,000 in supplemental environmental projects and $250,000 in reimbursement of investigative and enforcement costs. 

TJX owns approximately 340 T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores in California. A press release stated that between 2016 and 2021, TJX companies put hazardous waste such as aerosol cans, batteries, electronic devices and cleaning agents into trash bins going to municipal landfills that were not authorized to accept hazardous waste. 

This is the second time the company has been ordered by the state to pay up for improper disposal. In September 2014, state prosecutors “resolved similar violations for which TJX paid $2,777,500 in civil penalties and costs,” the press release noted. 

The latest prosecution was led by district attorneys from Alameda, Monterey, Riverside, San Joaquin and Yolo counties.

In a statement to local news, TJX said it’s working on a number of programs to better manage waste materials and “have made a significant investment in time, processes and resources to strengthen our regulated waste disposal program.”

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