Comcast, Prosecutors Reach $25M Waste Disposal Settlement

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —

Prosecutors say Comcast has agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle allegations it improperly disposed of remote controls, modems and other hazardous waste and records containing customer information.

The California attorney general and Alameda County district attorney filed the settlement Tuesday. It followed an investigation that prosecutors say found since 2005, Comcast warehouse, dispatch and customer service centers throughout the state routinely sent hazardous waste to local landfills not permitted to receive it.

Prosecutors say the investigation also found Comcast threw documents with customers’ names, addresses and phone numbers in the trash without shredding or redacting them to prevent identity theft.

Comcast did not acknowledge any wrongdoing as part of the settlement. Comcast spokesman Bryan Byrd said in a statement the company remains committed to the highest standards of environmental compliance.