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Amazon will now donate unsold warehouse merchandize by default instead of trashing it

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Amazon has unveiled a new program today in the US and UK that will donate unwanted products from third-party Marketplace sellers instead of sending them to the garbage dump.

The new program, called Fulfilled by Amazon Donations, will see hundreds of thousands of products third-party vendors were unable to sell go to US nonprofits and a series of UK charities like Barnardos, Newlife, and the Salvation Army. Previously, Amazon reportedly trashed products left in its warehouses that sellers were unable to offload. Oftentimes, products are left in warehouses because they were returned, or certain batches of inventory contain some type of defect. CNBC originally reported the news earlier today.

At one point, a single Amazon facility sent 293,000 products to a garbage dump in a nine-month period, CBS News reported back in May. The issue was especially dire in France, where a documentary in January detailed Amazons product disposal practices in the country, which involved tossing 3 million televisions in 2018 alone.

“We know getting products into the hands of those who need them transforms lives and strengthens local communities,” Alice Shobe, the director of the companys charitable giving arm called Amazon in the Community, said in a statement. “We are delighted to extend this program to sellers who use our fulfillment services.”

FBA Donations will go into effect starting September 1st. It will become the default option for Marketplace sellers that opt to let Amazon store and distribute their products, a

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