Amazon destroys millions of brand-new items together with televisions, books and nappies it can not promote, an investigation has revealed.
Lorry-loads of items, many nonetheless of their packaging, are dumped in sprawling landfill websites or incinerated. The stunning waste was revealed by undercover investigators who secretly filmed in a single of the multi-billion-pound firm’s huge warehouses.
Reporters posing as Amazon staff found an space known as the ‘destruction zone’ the place they covertly filmed workers loading pristine toys, unused kitchen tools and flat-screen TVs into skips to be transported to dumps.
Later, cameras fitted to a drone tailed a truck full of costly client items from an Amazon warehouse to a waste disposal centre and on to a landfill website.
The French investigation targeted on Amazon’s operation in that nation, however it is known the follow can be adopted in Britain. When a Mail on Sunday reporter posing as a employee at an Amazon warehouse within the Midlands requested what occurs to unsold items, a supervisor informed him: ‘Some are returned however some are additionally destroyed.’
When this newspaper requested the corporate a sequence of detailed questions, together with whether or not it destroys unused items within the UK, it repeatedly refused to reply. Instead, a spokesman stated: ‘For unsold merchandise we accomplice with a quantity of charities together with In Kind Direct, which works with non-profit organisations to distribute items to charities throughout the UK.’
In the documentary, firm bosses informed how the retail big fees firms £22 for a metre of area to retailer their merchandise. But that value leaps to £430 for a similar area after six months and £860 after a 12 months.
In one case, a businessman who featured in the programme stated Amazon charged his firm £17 an merchandise to return items however simply 13p to destroy them. Suppliers say that when their merchandise don’t promote they’re left with no alternative however to pay Amazon to destroy them as a result of they can not afford to have them returned or proceed to be saved.