Ritz-Carlton ordered to pay $535,000 for improperly disposing of hazardous waste in California

The owner of the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel on Wednesday paid more than half a million dollars in fines for the unauthorized disposal of hazardous waste at eight California locations in six counties.

The penalties stem from a lawsuit filed by the District Attorneys of Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, Placer, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and San Mateo, as well as the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, filed in Riverside County Superior Court. .

“The lawsuit alleges that instead of storing, transporting and disposing of hazardous waste at authorized hazardous waste facilities, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company unlawfully disposed of the hazardous waste. in the trash and illegally shipped to local landfills that are not authorized to receive such waste product,” the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Materials include batteries, electronic equipment, aerosols, flammable liquids, cleaning agents and other “reactive, toxic and corrosive materials”.

The Delaware-based hotel company has implemented improved policies and is now using state-registered trucks to collect and transport its hazardous waste, the office said.

As part of the ruling, the hotel chain had to pay a total of $535,000 in fines and other costs, including $400,000 in civil penalties, $100,000 to fund environmental projects in the state, and $35,000. cost reimbursement.

Riverside County alone will receive $91,000 in civil penalties and $14,513 in expense reimbursements.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-10/ritz-carlton-hotel-to-pay-535-000-for-improperly-disposing-of-hazardous-waste-in-california Ritz-Carlton ordered to pay $535,000 for improperly disposing of hazardous waste in California

Edmund DeMarche

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