Amazon have denied recent claims that they waste food. Instead, Amazon recognise that food waste is an issue faced by every organisation across the food supply chain and they donate wherever they can.
Amazon have assured customers that food and drink products are resold or donated whenever possible, however, there are times when they are unable to do so. In line with food safety regulations, Amazon do not donate food and drink products if they could pose a safety risk. That includes items past their use-by date, those that won’t reach a charity partner before they expire, and those that could have been damaged, opened or spoilt in any way while being delivered or returned.
Rather than wasting the food products that cannot be donated, Amazon recycle them in the UK through a biological process called anaerobic digestion, which converts them into fuel and organic matter for agriculture. They are not thrown away, nor do they go to landfill.
Amazon feed families
Amazon partner with 23 food banks and charities tackling hunger across the UK. In the first half of 2021, Amazon donated 2.9 million food and drink products to charities across the UK, and 1.9 million household goods and pet food products. That’s one donation every four seconds. Through these donations of fresh food, basic household goods, pet food and financial support, Amazon help these organisations across the UK that are fighting hunger every day.
Amazon has also delivered more than four million free, healthy breakfasts to children at risk of hunger across the UK since May 2020 alone. Their partnership with Magic Breakfast has helped ensure those children have had a nutritious start to the day through lockdowns, school holidays and term times.
So there you have it, Amazon are not wasting food and through partnerships, they are helping feed less fortunate families across the UK.