Smart TVs, high-end computers, drones, books and even packages of 20,000 unused covid-19 masks . Amazon is destroying millions of undamaged products that it hasn’t sold on its digital commerce platform. A hitherto undocumented environmental scandal .
This was uncovered this Monday by an investigation by the British channel ITV News , which has managed to obtain a covert recording of what happens inside the warehouse that the American technology giant has in Dunfermline, Scotland.
A worker from the company managed to sneak in a camera that has recorded how all this intact material is piled up in boxes marked to ” destroy “.
British television has also obtained internal documents proving that more than 124,000 products were destroyed at Dunfermline in one week. And that’s just one of Amazon’s 24 fulfillment centers operating in the UK , estimating that the volume of new or unused returned goods that are disposed of is much higher.
“In general, 50% of all items are unopened and still in their shrink wrap. The other half are returns and are in good condition,” explains a former employee on condition of anonymity. what they are asked to do. ”
The investigation has traced the trucks in which all these products were transported in good condition to be docked in recycling centers and even in landfills . From the production chain directly to the bin.
So why is this waste ? The article points out that the reason is that Amazon’s vendors find it cheaper to dispose of such merchandise than to pay to have it stored in the centers of the world’s largest online retailer.
This economic model is not illegal. After being consulted by ITV News, Amazon has assured that it is working “towards a goal of zero product elimination”, while denying that this rejected material is being dumped in landfills. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has assured the cameras that this “accusation of a consumer society” will be investigated.