M6's revelations about Amazon's industrial waste

Does Amazon destroy millions of unsold new items? It is & agrave; this question that investigative reporters are trying to answer in a diffuse documentary & oacute; Sunday night on M6 in the mission ...


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It is potentially some 3 million new products that would be thrown away each year by the American giant Amazon. REUTERS / Mike Segar

Does Amazon destroy millions of unsold new items? This is the question that investigative journalists are trying to answer in a documentary broadcast Sunday night on M6 in the show "Capital".

In the report broadcast in "Capital", a journalist from the chain managed to get hired as a warehouseman in one of Amazon's warehouses in Saran, in the Loiret, where he filmed the company's practices.

He was able to demonstrate the mess practiced by the American giant, at a time when we talk about recovery and reuse of objects. In the depot site where the journalist is assigned, large containers are loaded with coffee machines, televisions, diapers or other new toys, all destined to be destroyed.

At issue: contracts between Amazon's platform and sellers to whom the company proposes to return or destroy their unsold copies, even if they are new, to limit storage costs. In one of the company's smallest storage sites in France, more than 290,000 nearly new objects were scrapped in just 9 months.

If we add up all the US giant's warehouses, potentially more than 3 million new products would be thrown away each year, according to the M6 ​​journalist.

For its part Amazon France tries to defend itself by claiming to work with organizations such as Solidarity Donations and Food Banks so that unsold products are given to people in need.

Clothing, food, new products: revelations of a scandalous waste, it is Sunday at 21h on @ M6 with @courbet_julien ⤵ pic.twitter.com/Y6D78ilCvf

Capital (@ CapitalM6) January 11, 2019

REF: http://www.rfi.fr/economie/20190112-gachis-amazon-destruction-objets-neufs-enquete-capital