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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. “From a Friday to a Friday our target was to generally destroy 130,000 items a week,” a former employee at the site told ITV. “I used to gasp. There’s no rhyme or reason to what gets destroyed: Dyson fans, Hoovers, the occasional MacBook and iPad; the other day, 20,000 Covid (face) masks still in their wrappers.” 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.

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