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Comcast Fined 26 Million for Illegal Dumping

comcast finedSeptember 2015,Comcast fined 33 Million for broadcasting personal customer details, December 2015 Comcast fined 26 Million for illegal Dumping of e-Scrap!  Resource Recycling is reporting State investigators discovered that, since 2005, Comcast workers “routinely and systematically” sent electronics, batteries, aerosols cans and other items to landfills that weren’t permitted to receive the materials, according to a press release. They also discarded documents containing sensitive customer information into the trash without making the information unreadable.

A whistleblower brought the hazardous waste violations to light in 2010.  The e-scrap consisted mostly of remote controls, splitters, routers, modems, amplifiers, taps, cable filters and power adapters.

The settlement would impose $19.85 million in civil penalties and costs and $3 million to fund environmental projects.

It would also have Comcast pay the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) $2.25 million for airtime so it can broadcast information about proper e-scrap management and $150,000 to develop public service announcements.

Lastly, Comcast would have to spend at least $700,000 to enhance its environmental compliance efforts.

A Comcast spokesman said the company has “devoted considerable time and resources” toward compliance and has taken steps to improve its practices, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The settlement must still be approved by an Alameda County Superior Court judge. Alameda County includes the cities of Oakland and Berkeley. Comcast has 10 facilities in the county.

 

Brodie Ehresman
Author: Brodie Ehresman

ATR (Advanced Technology Recycling) is a US based ISO14001, R2 (Responsible Recycling), OHSAS 18001 and ITAR (International Traffic Arms Regulations) certified Electronics Recycling company that specializes in risk mitigation for asset recovery and management. The parent company was formed in 1992 and transitioned away from traditional IT Sales/Service in 2002 after receiving (2) of the single largest grants in Illinois history in 2005 and 2006. Today ATR has become an innovative leader for E-waste management by diverting Millions of pounds of e-waste from our landfills annually. Brodie Ehresman is one of the originating family owners of the two facilities formed in 1992 and is currently their National Business Development Manager for the US and Canada. Brodie utilizes his 20+ years of IT background and entrepreneurship to develop innovative sustainable recycling solutions to help his customers improve their triple bottom line. During his tenure Brodie has augmented the company’s regional customer base onto a national platform and is currently developing an international strategy for 2019.