Wal-Mart fined for dumping hazardous waste in US

In May 2013, US store Wal-Mart pleaded guilty to dumping hazardous waste in California and Missouri over a number of years. It has agreed to pay almost $82m (£54m) in civil and criminal charges.

As far back as 2003, there were reported incidents where Wal-Mart staff improperly disposed of products such as bleach and fertiliser in waste bins and local sewer systems, when they should have been dealt with as hazardous waste.

What emerged during the investigation and trial was that Wal-Mart’s system of compliance and staff training for dealing with hazardous waste was not adequate. The company has since implemented a new programme educating employees how to handle the waste, and it has created a Wal-Mart compliance office…

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