Environmental groups condemned Amazon’s business model’s reliance on disposal culture.
An investigation by the UK’s ITV News revealed millions of brand new and unused items are simply thrown away by the company.
Undercover filming showed a manager’s spreadsheet from April at one depot – 124,000 items to destroy that week. Amazon does donate items to charity but, over the same period, that figure was just 27,000.
An employee said, “Fifty percent of all items seem to be unopened and still in their shrink-wrap. The other half are returns but in good condition.”
The practice is not illegal. Amazon said: “We are working towards a goal of zero product disposal and our priority is to resell, donate to charitable organizations or recycle any unsold products. No items are sent to landfill in the UK. As a last resort, we will send items to energy recovery, but we’re working hard to drive the number of times this happens down to zero.”