Safeway is to pay nearly $10million to 41 California counties and cities for illegally dumping household chemicals and medicines for over seven years. The settlement was awarded in an Alameda Superior Court when they found that over 500 California stores improperly handled and disposed of hazardous pharmaceutical waste.
Safeway must pay $3.15 million for environmental costs and $6.72 million in civil penalties. They will also have to conduct dumpster audits and work with state and federal agencies to follow the outlined procedure for disposing of or medicines. Safeway did not admit wrongdoing but said it would change policies on how retail items no longer for sale would be properly disposed.
In the Safeway case, investigators had evidence Safeway ferried hazardously and drug waste to a distribution centers and then to landfills. This settlement is the latest in a string of illegal dumping judgments. Walgreens, Lowes, and Rite Aid have all paid fines for illegal dumping.