Apple agrees to pay $450,000 for mishandling hazardous waste

Apple agrees to pay $450,000 for mishandling hazardous waste
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) said on Tuesday that Apple has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle claims that it mishandled hazardous electronic waste. According to CEPA's Department of Toxic Substances Control, Apple also agreed to increase inspections in its waste disposal facilities in Cupertino, CA and Sunnyvale, CA.

State regulators claim that Apple operated an electronic waste shredding facility in Cupertino between 2011 and 2012, processing about 1.1 million pounds, or 500 tons, of waste before closing it in January 2013. The facility was then moved to Sunnyvale and Apple processed 800,000 pounds of waste before letting the state know that such a facility actually exists.

At the Sunnyvale plant, Apple gathered hazardous metal dust, and sent it to a disposal site, which was not licensed, nor prepared, to handle it properly. If such fine particles are accidentally released in the air, they can be extremely dangerous for both wildlife and people.

According to regulators, Apple also failed to mark used oil containers as hazardous waste and didn't track exports of dangerous waste, nor did it report it properly to the respective authorities.



Stringent standards or not, Apple has acknowledged to mishandling hazardous waste and sending it to an unauthorized third-party facility. Even if this is simply a matter of oversight in paperwork, we'd prefer that California authorities are aware of the toxic waste next time.

Apple agrees to pay $450,000 for mishandling hazardous waste
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12 Comments

1. xeroxchap

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 11, 2016

Only if it was any company other than apple.....this would have been news.....

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3090; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Safety comes always first.

3. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And people talk about Samsungs note 7 being dangerous. Apple just dumps toxic waste on the ground to get in your environment that could reach thousands of people and the wildlife.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Company with tons of money, who didn't want to spend the money to properly dispose of its own garbage. chose to cut corners. Now it costed you more money, but not enough money. They should have been fined millions.

11. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They had to fine them something because they got caught. But since it Apple that got off easy. You are right it should have been in the millions like AT$T, Walmart and Target all had to pay in the millions for dumping hazardous waste.

12. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Edit: Its Apple They got off easy

13. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL kind of funny how the isheep did come to Apple defense on this one.

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Just 450K ? That's a joke, while other companies got fined millions for mishandling hazardous waste!!

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