Ritz-Carlton ordered to pay $535,000 for waste violations

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. will be required to pay $535,000 as part of a settlement relating to illegal disposal of hazardous waste at its eight California locations, including the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage. 

The lawsuit, brought by seven district attorneys including Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin and the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, alleges that the Ritz-Carlton hotels illegally stored, transported and disposed of hazardous waste products such as batteries, aerosols, electronic devices, cleaning agents and “flammable, reactive, toxic, and corrosive materials.” 

Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson John Hall confirmed in an email that the Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage was specifically involved in the violations and noted that they go back to at least 2018. He said the violations were discovered through “waste audits” at the hotel.

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