Southern California Albertsons Settles Lawsuit Regarding Hazardous Waste Disposal and Management
Jun 24th, 2014
Albertsons was in the news recently following a press release that was issued by the Orange County District Attorney’s office following an investigation by several counties regarding our company’s prior processes for handling products the state classifies as hazardous waste. We put tremendous value on the trust that you put in us as a company, so we wanted to give you the details behind what all of this means for our stores, for our team and for you.
First and foremost – the health and safety of the products we sell and the stores where you shop is our highest priority, and we comply with all state and federal laws. California has a broad definition of hazardous waste, which includes damaged items or items that we can’t sell for various reasons.
So when we’re talking about Hazardous Waste in our stores, it can be everything from bleach and batteries to multivitamins, aerosol hairspray, nail polish remover, and even cough syrup with high alcohol content. When we have to dispose of those products, we have procedures in place to properly handle and transport them, which we have continually worked to improve into the comprehensive program for handling hazardous waste that has been in place since 2012.
Improving our policies, practices and procedures for handling hazardous waste is a matter of corporate responsibility and pride. We’ve worked hard to get better. We believe in leaving this planet better than we found it, and we know that how we handle the waste that our locations can produce can contribute positively toward that goal.
We have developed an innovative, state-of-the-art system for our stores so our teams can properly identify, handle, and dispose of hazardous wastes. We also conduct regular training sessions to ensure the information stays top of mind for all employees in the Company. We also use third party environmental experts to regularly audit our processes and report back results, so that we can ensure that the systems or processes are working as they should, or identify and correct problems toward continual improvement of our processes.