Home Depot to pay waste, privacy settlement

ATLANTA — A California suit against Home Depot has ended with the retailer agreeing to pay a total of $27.84 million in damages and other costs. California’s attorney general had accused Home Depot of improperly disposing of hazardous waste and customer records. The company now owes $16.64 million in civil penalties and $9.35 million toward environmental protection, along with $1.85 million in legal costs.

According to the state’s submission, Home Depot locations illegally disposed of items like aerosol cans, batteries, and paint, giving it an unfair advantage over companies who played by the rules. The company was also accused of throwing out unredacted customer records.