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April 27, 2015
Dollar Tree has agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it illegally threw hazardous waste products into trash bins, prosecutors said Friday.
Under a judgment issued by Judge Morris Jacobson of Alameda County Superior Court, Dollar Tree, which prides itself on selling items for $1 or less, must also implement an improved hazardous waste compliance program at its stores and distribution centers throughout California.
An investigation determined that employees at 480 Dollar Tree sites failed to take hazardous waste to authorized waste facilities and that corrosive liquids, toxic materials, batteries, electronic devices and other waste were instead illegally transported to local landfills not permitted to accept the material.
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