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The Pulse of ITAD: Metech and California Regulators Settle Waste Lawsuit

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The Pulse of ITAD: Metech and California Regulators Settle Waste Lawsuit

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Metech Recycling will pay the state of California $310,000 in penalties to settle a legal fight over years-old waste law violations.

Metech Recycling will pay the state of California $310,000 in penalties to settle a legal fight over years-old waste law violations.  The e-scrap recycling company recently reached a settlement with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) over hazardous and universal waste violations that occurred at Metech’s Gilroy, Calif. facility.  The settlement pertains to violations that occurred from 2015 to 2017 when Metech and its five U.S. e-scrap facilities were still owned by Singapore-based company Metech International.   DTSC inspectors concluded that the electronic waste handling and recycling facility treated mercury-containing devices in a metal shredder without a permit, in violation of the California Code of Regulations.   The company was also cited for, among other things:

  • Unauthorized and excessive storage of hazardous waste,
  • Inadequate labeling of universal and hazardous waste containers and failure to keep universal waste in designated areas,
  • Failure to close hazardous waste containers, and
  • Failure to prepare a manifest for a shipment of hazardous waste.

This settlement once again underscores the importance of utilizing secure and compliant ITAD companies like Iron Mountain.  You can read more about this story here:

https://dtsc.ca.gov/2021/02/25/news-release_t-05-21/

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