Tech

Amazon Is Reportedly Destroying Millions of Unused Items Each Year

From face masks to laptops and smart TVs.

By
485 Hypes

Amazon Is Reportedly Destroying Millions of Unused Items Each Year

From face masks to laptops and smart TVs.

A recent undercover investigation has found that Amazon is destroying millions of items in unsold stock every year.

The report from British broadcaster ITV News alleges that the online retail giant deliberately destroys a huge number of consumer goods to save warehouse space, from tech items like drones and laptops, to sealed face masks and books. Not only does this include unused returns, but also brand-new, unsold items from just one of the U.K.’s 24 fulfillment centers.

According to a statement from an ex-employee, on the grounds of anonymity, Amazon warehouses set a target of destroying more than 130,000 items a week. “I used to gasp. There’s no rhyme or reason to what gets destroyed: Dyson fans, Hoovers, the occasional MacBook and iPad; the other day, 20,000 Covid (face) masks still in their wrappers. Overall, 50 percent of all items are unopened and still in their shrink wrap. The other half are returns and in good condition. Staff have just become numb to what they are being asked to do.” Most notably though, these figures only include quantities destroyed in the U.K. – Amazon’s global statistics are currently unknown.

In a response to ITV News’ findings, the company responded, “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.”

The news breaks as Amazon begins its annual discount shopping event, Prime Day and serves as another blow to the company’s credibility amongst allegations of mistreatment and poor working conditions. Elsewhere in the tech world, Apple’s has begun its yearly “Back To School” promotion.

 

Read Full Article
Share this article

What to Read Next

Dr. Martens Taps BAPE and Mastermind Japan To Reimagine the 1461 Silhouette
Footwear

Dr. Martens Taps BAPE and Mastermind Japan To Reimagine the 1461 Silhouette

A classic shoe gets a touch of Japanese streetwear.
2,170 Hypes

5 K-Dramas To Watch If You Love Song Kang in 'Nevertheless'
Film & TV

5 K-Dramas To Watch If You Love Song Kang in 'Nevertheless'

Romance shows, horror series and more starring the breakout actor.
16,396 Hypes

Acne Studios Partners With Grant Levy-Lucero for a Pop-Art Collaboration
Fashion

Acne Studios Partners With Grant Levy-Lucero for a Pop-Art Collaboration

Drawing on classic American iconography and hand-painted signage.
486 Hypes

London's Design Museum Invites You To Lounge on Charlotte Perriand's Famous Chairs
Art

London's Design Museum Invites You To Lounge on Charlotte Perriand's Famous Chairs

View, touch and experience the French architect’s work.
302 Hypes

7 Brands Designing Fashion-Forward Bridal Wear
Fashion 

7 Brands Designing Fashion-Forward Bridal Wear

Meet the designers reimagining the concept of wedding attire.
819 Hypes

Smile Makers Unveils “The Poet,” Its First-Ever Air Pulse Suction Vibrator
Health

Smile Makers Unveils “The Poet,” Its First-Ever Air Pulse Suction Vibrator

Putting the focus on clitoral stimulation.
1,410 Hypes

sacai x Nike’s VaporWaffle in “Sail” Is Coming Soon
Footwear

sacai x Nike’s VaporWaffle in “Sail” Is Coming Soon

Find out when you can grab the kicks.
3,273 Hypes

Contrasting Colors and Prints Take Over Wood Wood's Pre-Fall 2021 Collection
Fashion

Contrasting Colors and Prints Take Over Wood Wood's Pre-Fall 2021 Collection

Statement pieces for your everyday fits.
342 Hypes

Jil Sander x Birkenstock Design Collaborative Footwear for the Outdoors
Footwear

Jil Sander x Birkenstock Design Collaborative Footwear for the Outdoors

Four styles of sandals and clogs.
8,008 Hypes

Gucci Launches Exclusive Capsule for Its "GUCCI GAOK" Seoul Flagship
Fashion

Gucci Launches Exclusive Capsule for Its "GUCCI GAOK" Seoul Flagship

Bags and footwear dressed in traditional Korean colors.
628 Hypes

More ▾