Judge orders Target to stop improper disposal of damaged items in Calif.
Oakland, Calif. A judge has ordered Target Corp. to stop improperly disposing of damaged or defective items that qualify as hazardous waste, the Associated Press reported.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Steven Brick signed the order Friday based on allegations brought by the state of California 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.
The company could face “millions of dollars” in civil penalties, restitution and investigative costs, said Vincent Sato, Los Angeles special assistant city attorney. The case is headed for trial after negotiations broke down over the summer, Sato said.
Among the claims, the city attorney’s office in Los Angeles said stores there sent more than 5,000 lbs. of unsalable hazardous products to a regional food bank.
Target said in a written statement that the company has a comprehensive program in place to ensure its 240 stores across California comply with state law.
“We take any legal challenge to our program seriously, and will continue to devote substantial resources in order to remain a responsible corporate steward of the environment,” the company said.
California law requires special handling of hazardous wastes to avoid environmental contamination.
Supervalu to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10%
New York City Supervalu on Wednesday said it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions at its locations by 10% by the end of 2012, with 2007 as the baseline year for the initiative.
The effort is part of a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. Supervalu is one of 25 participants in the WWF’s Climate Savers program.
Supervalu plans to convert store lighting from traditional fluorescent lamps to a more efficient, LED-based lighting design. It also will look to refrigeration efficiencies, and improve its fleet transportation’s use of energy.
Darden Restaurants among top public companies for carbon-disclosure practices
Orlando, Fla. Darden Restaurants ranks among the top 50 S&P 500 companies recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) for corporate management of its climate-change disclosure practices.
The independent not-for-profit organization featured Darden in its Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, a key component of the CDP’s annual S&P 500 Report, which was released yesterday. The index is based on high scores that reflect good internal data-management practices and an understanding of climate change-related issues affecting Darden.
Darden was the first full-service restaurant company in the United States to submit data to the Carbon Disclosure Project in 2008. Since then, Darden has communicated its systemized plan to reduce energy consumption throughout its operations, including its restaurants, supply chain and distribution system. The plan includes use of energy-efficient technologies and conservation practices such as implementing an equipment power-up/power-down schedule, installing fluorescent light bulbs in its restaurant kitchens and nearly all of its distribution warehouses, thermostat-setting standards and increasing use of rail shipments.
This year, Darden set a corporate-wide goal to reduce its energy and water use per restaurant by 15% by 2015.
“With the help and leadership of our dedicated employee Green Teams and restaurant managers, we will continue to set priorities and employ key energy-efficiency activities in each of our 1,800 restaurants,” said Ian Olson, director of sustainability for Darden.