The UK TV channel ITV captured hidden camera footage from an Amazon warehouse in Scotland. Result: 130,000 new or very good items are destroyed every week.
DUmpiring, working conditions, tax evasion … scams involving Amazon take more than two hands to count on our fingers. One of them has now reappeared: the destruction of unsold products. In 2019, a British television channel re-enacted this principle, which was already highlighted in an M6 documentary. ITV Acting as a “zone of destruction” on a hidden camera in a Scottish warehouse.
In this new video posted on June 21, we can see that laptops, drones, televisions, razors, books, and protective seals are still sealed. Everything is in very good condition, even new. These are unsold items or consumer income. 130,000 items are thrown in the trash in a week – an unnamed official says that number is a quota. In a warehouse. An incredible amount of waste, especially when you consider that there are 24 similar centers in the United Kingdom.
More profit to destroy
Why such a massacre? Accordingly Futura ScienceThis is due to the way Amazon works by storing products from third party vendors in its warehouses. This is expensive. For sellers, it is more profitable to destroy unsold items than to pay for their revenue.
This Scottish center is not one of a kind. In the documentary Capital Chalon-sur-Zane, one of France’s smallest sites for the 2019 M6, sent 293,000 products to cancel in 9 months. Following a petition, in August of the same year, the web giant announced a program to redistribute its unsold products to charities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
But, as the ITV investigation shows, only 27,000 articles were contributed per week. Against the 124,000 who perished. Amazon is still far from zero waste.