A state law raised the maximum daily penalty from $25,000 to $70,000

Abstract from article published in Waste360

A California law recently raised the maximum daily penalty for improper hazardous waste disposal from $25,000 to $70,000. The civil penalty, passed last fall, can be levied "for each separate violation or, for continuing violations, for each day that violation continues."

"This legislation establishes a huge increase from the previous penalty and raises the stakes for companies or individuals who might have ignored previous warnings that California is serious about safeguarding the environment and citizens from hazardous waste," said Ryan Kiscaden, executive director of Thermostat Recycling Corp. (TRC), in a statement. "These are staggering penalty numbers that could cripple or drive a violator out of business.

"This law is an important signal to HVAC contractors, who are often the first business consumers call for a thermostat replacement, according to Kiscaden. The potential for swapping out an old thermostat with a new one becomes more likely given the dramatic growth of new programmable and smart thermostats replacing older units, including potentially mercury containing ones.

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Source: Waste 360