Amazon plans to donate unwanted products from third-party Marketplace sellers instead of dumping them.



The new program, called Fulfilled by Amazon Donations, will see hundreds of thousands of products that are unsold go to US and UK charities like The Salvation Army.

In an email to sellers, Amazon wrote: "This program will reduce the number of products sent to landfills and instead help those in need."

Starting on September 1, the program will become the default options for sellers but they can opt to dump the products.

'Fulfilled' comes after a series of reports exposed Amazon for routinely trashing millions of unsold items.

One French documentary claimed the firm destroyed over three million products last year.

Workers were secretly filmed loading up brand-new toys, flat-screen TVs and more to a disposal site.

Some of the charities in both the US and UK include Good360, New Life and Barnardo's.

The new donations program is designed to reduce the amount of products being thrown away as well as helping the environment.

Amazon said: "At Amazon, the vast majority of returned products are resold to other customers or liquidators, returned to suppliers, or donated to charitable organisations, depending on their condition."

Many sellers have opted to dispose of inventory as the costs of disposal was a lot cheaper than donation.

Disposing of products cost 15 cents whereas donations cost 50 cents.

Sellers destroy their inventory for a variety of reasons, including returns that are no longer usable or for safety issues.

Alice Shobe, Director at Amazon in the Community, said: "We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities.We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfilment services."