Walmart illegally dumped batteries, other toxic waste throughout California, state says

California officials accused retail giant Walmart of illegally dumping thousands of pounds of toxic waste and confidential customer information at landfills in Sacramento, Fresno and elsewhere.

Fresno, California officials sued Walmart on Monday, accusing the retail giant of illegally dumping hazardous waste at landfills in the Sacramento region and elsewhere in the state for the past six years. In a lawsuit led by Attorney General Rob Bonta, the state said Walmart violated California’s environmental laws by dumping batteries, insecticides, aerosol cans, e-waste, latex paint and more at a host of landfills not equipped to handle toxic waste.

The lawsuit also said Walmart — which operates 300 stores and distribution centers in California — dumped confidential customer information at these landfills.


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