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Circular Economy
We are minimizing waste, increasing recycling, and providing options for our customers to reuse, repair, and recycle their products—sending less material to the landfill and more back into the circular economy loop.

Circular Economy

Amazon's recyclable mailer
Amazon is committed to reducing our environmental footprint through recycling initiatives in our own operations and for our customers. We are developing new recycling infrastructure, inventing recyclable packaging materials, and investing in initiatives that support the recycling industry across the U.S.
Amazon Second Chance
Amazon Second Chance provides information on how to trade in, recycle, or repair Amazon devices and products, how to recycle Amazon packaging, and how to find open-box and refurbished devices.
  • Amazon Trade-In Program
    Customers who have eligible items they no longer want can discover the Amazon Trade-In program, which allows them to receive an Amazon.com gift card in exchange for thousands of eligible items. Electronics, books, video games, and more are also eligible for trade-in.
  • Device Recycling
    Customers wanting to responsibly dispose of their electronics can discover our device recycling program for a variety of electronics and related accessories.
  • Amazon Warehouse
    Amazon Warehouse—an online store for great deals on quality used products including furniture, toys, instruments, kitchen appliances, clothes, and more—has an extensive inspection process that ensures as many gently-used returned items as possible can be resold rather than being sent to landfill.
  • Amazon Renewed
    Amazon Renewed offers refurbished, pre-owned, and open-box products such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, cameras, audio devices, home appliances, and more.
  • Certified Refurbished and Used Amazon Devices
    Certified Refurbished and Used Amazon Devices provides customers access to pre-owned Amazon devices such as Echo, Fire Tablets, Kindle E-readers, and more. Certified Refurbished devices have been refurbished, tested, and internally certified by Amazon to look and work like new.
  • Product Support
    Amazon encourages customers to fix the things they buy before replacing, returning, or disposing of them. Amazon offers free Product Support (on a select but growing number of items) with the goal of helping customers maximize the useful life of the things they already own. Product Support serves seven global geographies with technical support, parts replacement, and repair services.
  • Dispose of Amazon Packaging
    Helping customers responsibly dispose of Amazon packaging is another key component of Second Chance. Customers are able to view various types of Amazon packaging and are provided with instructions on how and where to dispose of the materials.
At Amazon, we are committed to reducing food loss and waste within our U.S. operations by 50% by 2030. We have joined the Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions group, an effort jointly administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). As part of our commitment, we will be developing food waste reporting, generating source reduction metrics, sharing food waste reduction programs and progress on our website, building new food disposition paths, and expanding existing donation programs.
Amazon employees volunteer at a community food bank in the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
At Amazon facilities around the world, we are continuously expanding initiatives to maximize the positive impact of our surplus inventory. We contribute food and non-food product donations to hundreds of food banks and nonprofits, reducing landfill waste and helping our local communities.
Partnerships
Many of the cross-cutting sustainability issues that we prioritize at Amazon are enhanced through partnerships and collaborative initiatives with credible, knowledgeable, and innovative industry partners.
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    Closed Loop Fund


    Amazon committed $10 million USD to the Closed Loop Fund to increase the recycling of products and packaging. Through project finance, the fund provides cities and companies with access to capital necessary to increase recycling rates in communities across America and build circular supply chains.
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    Ellen MacArthur Foundation


    Amazon joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Network in 2020 as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce waste and share success stories across industries. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s mission is to accelerate the global transition to a circular economy. The Foundation works with business, government, and academia to build a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design.
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    Feeding America


    Amazon partners with Feeding America to direct our surplus inventory to communities in need. Feeding America works alongside Amazon’s vast network to strategically partner nonprofit members and Amazon facilities to maximize the impact of these donations. Feeding America’s mission is to feed more than 37 million of America’s hungry through a nationwide network of 200 member food banks.
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    Good 360


    Amazon partners with Good360 to donate items that cannot be sold to those most in need. Good360’s mission is to transform lives by providing hope, dignity, and a sense of renewed possibility to individuals, families, and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances who otherwise would struggle to find that hope. ​Good360 has 80,000+ nonprofit members (downstream charity partners) to whom they redistribute goods received from 400+ corporate donors.
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    In Kind Direct


    Amazon works with In Kind Direct, a national charity in the UK that manages the donation of surplus products to charities across the country. Since partnering with In Kind Direct, we have donated more than $8.7 million dollars (£7 million) of products. In 2019 alone, we have donated $1.2 million USD (£1 million) to over 2,000 charities and volunteer organizations across the UK.
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    Innatura


    Amazon is a long-term partner of the German nonprofit Innatura, which brokers in-kind donations to charitable organizations. Through this partnership, Amazon has donated to more than 1,500 charities benefiting nearly 500,000 individuals and families in Germany with donations including toys, shoes, clothing, and drugstore items, among others.
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