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California counties, cities settle with Safeway over handling of hazardous wastes

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 14, 2015 —

Safeway Inc. has agreed to pay $9.87 million in “civil penalties, costs and supplemental environmental projects” after a group of California officials alleged its stores have been mishandling hazardous and pharmaceutical wastes.

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig was among the 42 district attorneys and two city attorneys who joined the legal action against Safeway. The Pleasanton-based company settled the case after working “cooperatively” with investigators. The court judgment was approved this month in Alameda County Superior Court.

“The investigation into Safeway’s practices began after discovery of improper shipments of hazardous and pharmaceutical waste to Safeway’s distribution centers form their stores,” said Reisig’s office in a press statement.

“The investigation revealed that Safeway was also routinely and systematically sending hazardous and pharmaceutical wastes to local area landfills not equipped to receive such waste. Upon being notified by prosecutors of the widespread issues, Safeway worked cooperatively to remedy the issue, enhance its environmental program and train its employees to properly handle such waste.”

The settlement resolved allegations involving over 500 Safeway stores and distribution centers, including its brands of Vons, Pavilions and Pak ‘n Save. Safeway operates several stores in Yolo County, including a Safeway at 1298 West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Ledger contacted the D.A.’s office to find out how much of the settlement is earmarked for Yolo County. We received a response after this article was published in our print edition.

A spokesman informed the News-Ledger that $375,000 of the settlement will go to Yolo County District Attorney’s office in the form of civil penalties, and the D.A.’s office will also receive about $89,000 in cost recovery.

The Yolo County Environmental Health Department will receive about $35,250 of the Safeway settlement in civil penalties and will recover costs in the amount of $5,400.

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Bulky waste dropoff week underway in City of West Sacramento

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — Sept 24, 2014

Looking to get rid of some old furniture, mattresses, box springs, cardboard or tires (up to nine)?

The City of West Sacramento’s next semi-annual “Bulky Waste Drop-Off” event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, through Saturday, Sept. 27, at 540 Harbor Boulevard. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on the weekdays and 9-3 on Saturday.

Free of charge. Bring proof of West Sacramento residency such as a city utility bill or driver’s license. Seniors (65+) and disabled residents may qualify to have their items picked up: call 617-4589.

Wood and green waste are not accepted at this event. They may be recycled at the Yolo landfill. Watch for a voucher for a free load in your August utility bill.

More information: www.WestSacRecycles.org or (916) 617-4589.

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Raley’s chain settles hazardous material handling lawsuit

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — AUG 25, 2014 —

The West Sacramento-based Raley’s supermarket chain has agreed to pay about $1.6 million in civil penalties, costs and to support environmental projects as part of the settlement of a civil lawsuit alleging it improperly transported and disposed of pharmaceutical waste and retail hazardous waste.

According to the office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, the lawsuit also alleged that the company didn’t properly protect the confidentiality of its drug customers. Said Reisig in a press release:

“Raley’s has been a valued merchant in Yolo County for many years. Raley’s has cooperated with the prosecution team throughout the investigation into their unlawful practices.”

The Yolo district attorney’s office was one of 26 such offices to join in the lawsuit, filed in San Joaquin County. The lawsuit alleged that more than 130 Raley’s stores improperly sent pharmaceutical waste and other hazardous waste to trash bins and landfills. The settlement agreement includes new controls on how the company disposes of such things in the future.

As part of the settlement, Raley’s has agreed to purchase five mobile freshwater purification systems to be used to provide safe drinking water to California communities in an emergency or in times of need. The systems will be housed in Placer, El Dorado, Sonoma, Sacramento and Contra Costa Counties, but will be available for use in other counties.

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Bulky waste drop-off starts tomorrow

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — APRIL 30, 2014 —

The City of West Sacramento’s annual ‘bulky waste drop-off’ event returns from May 7-10 at 540 Harbor Boulevard. The event will be from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays and 9-3 on Saturday.

Here’s your chance to unload old furniture, mattresses & box springs, cardboard and tires (up to nine). Open to local residents: bring proof of city residency such as a city utility bill or driver’s license with your address. Those 65 and up, or with a disability may request pickup service by calling 617-4589.

Wood and green waste is not accepted at the event, but you can look for a landfill voucher in your August city utility bill.

More info: www.WestSacRecycles.org or 617-4589.

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