Comcast Fined 26 Million for Illegal Dumping
September 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.