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Amazon warehouse destroys 130,000 unsold items per week

SCOTLAND: An Amazon warehouse in Scotland reportedly destroys millions of unsold products every year, according to undercover footage and anonymous employees at the facility.

British news outlet ITV obtained footage from inside the e-commerce giant’s Dunfermline facility that showed laptops, books, jewelry and other still-packaged products being sorted into boxes marked “destroy.”

The items, some of which were new and others which were returned, were then sorted into trucks and taken to recycling centers or landfills, according to the outlet.

130,000 items per week works out to be almost 6.8 million products per year.

“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,” the ex-employee added.

A leaked document obtained by ITV alleged that during one week in April, more than 124,000 items were marked “destroy” while just 28,000 items were labeled “donate.”



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