Circular Economy
Circular Economy
We are minimizing waste, increasing recycling, and providing options for our customers to reuse, repair, and recycle their products – sending less material to the landfill and more back into the circular economy loop.

Circular Economy

Amazon is committed to reducing our environmental footprint through recycling initiatives in our own operations and for our customers. We are developing new recycling infrastructure, inventing recyclable packaging materials, and investing in initiatives that support the recycling industry across the U.S.
Amazon Second Chance
Amazon Second Chance provides information on how to trade in, recycle, or repair products, how to recycle Amazon packaging, and how to find open-box and refurbished devices.
  • Amazon Trade-In Program
    Customers who have eligible items they no longer want can discover the Amazon Trade-In program, which allows them to receive an Amazon.com Gift Card in exchange for thousands of eligible items including Amazon Devices, cell phones, video games, and more.
  • WEEE Takeback
    Customers wanting to responsibly dispose of electronics with the WEEE symbol can discover local recycling programmes for a variety of electronics and related accessories.
  • Amazon Warehouse
    Amazon Warehouse—an online store for great deals on quality used products including furniture, toys, instruments, kitchen appliances, clothes, and more—has an extensive inspection process that ensures as many gently-used returned items as possible can be resold rather than being sent to landfill.
  • Amazon Renewed
    Amazon Renewed offers refurbished, pre-owned, and open-box products such as computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, cameras, audio devices, home appliances, and more.
  • Certified Refurbished and Used Amazon Devices
    Certified Refurbished and Used Amazon Devices provides customers access to pre-owned Amazon devices such as Echo, Fire Tablets, Kindle E-readers, and more. Certified Refurbished devices have been refurbished, tested, and internally certified by Amazon to look and work like new.
  • Dispose of Amazon Packaging
    Helping customers responsibly dispose of Amazon packaging is another key component of Second Chance. Customers are able to view various types of Amazon packaging and are provided with instructions on how and where to dispose of the materials.
At Amazon facilities around the world, we are continuously expanding initiatives to maximize the positive impact of our surplus inventory. We contribute food and non-food product donations to hundreds of food banks and nonprofits, reducing landfill waste and helping our local communities.
Many of the cross-cutting sustainability issues that we prioritize at Amazon are enhanced through partnerships and collaborative initiatives with credible, knowledgeable and innovative industry partners.
  • Logo of Closed Loop Partners, an Amazon Sustainability partner

    Closed Loop Fund

    Amazon committed 10 million USD to the Closed Loop Fund to increase the recycling of products and packaging. Through project finance, the fund provides cities and companies with access to capital necessary to increase recycling rates in communities across America and build circular supply chains.
  • Feeding America logo on a white background.

    Feeding America

    Amazon partners with Feeding America to direct our surplus inventory to communities in need. Feeding America works alongside Amazon’s vast network to strategically partner non-profit members and Amazon facilities to maximise the impact of these donations. Feeding America’s mission is to feed more than 37 million of America’s hungry through a nationwide network of 200 member food banks.
  • Good360: Goods for the Greater Good logo on a white background.

    Good 360

    Amazon partners with Good360 to donate items that cannot be sold to those most in need. Good360’s mission is to transform lives by providing hope, dignity and a sense of renewed possibility to individuals, families and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances who would otherwise struggle to find that hope. ​Good360 has 80,000+ non-profit members (downstream charity partners) to whom they redistribute goods received from 400+ corporate donors.
  • InKind Direct: Product giving for social good logo

    In Kind Direct

    Amazon works with In Kind Direct, a national charity in the UK that manages the donation of surplus products to charities across the country. Since partnering with In Kind Direct, we have donated more than 8.7 million USD (£7 million) worth of products. In 2019 alone, we donated 1.2 million USD (£1 million) to over 2,000 charities and voluntary organizations across the UK.
  • Innatura: vermittelt Sachspenden für soziale Zwecke logo


    Amazon is a long-term partner of the German nonprofit Innatura, which brokers in-kind donations to charitable organizations. Through this partnership, Amazon has donated to more than 1,500 charities benefiting nearly 500,000 individuals and families in Germany with donations including toys, shoes, clothing, and drugstore items, among others.
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