Target Ordered to Stop Hazmat Disposal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A California judge has ordered Target
Corp. to stop improperly disposing of damaged or defective items
that qualify as hazardous waste.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick signed the
order Friday based on allegations brought by the state and several
cities and counties.

Their lawsuit contends that Target stores statewide have
routinely thrown hazardous items such as bleach, pesticides, paint,
aerosols and electronics directly into the trash.

Among the claims, the Los Angeles city attorney's office says
Los Angeles stores sent more than 5,000 pounds of unsalable
hazardous products to a regional food bank.

Minneapolis-based Target says in a statement that the company
has a comprehensive program in place to ensure stores comply with
California law.


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