In addition to optimising our recycling efforts for common materials like cardboard, we are working to address the materials that are toughest to recycle in our operations. Plastic film, for example, is a difficult material to process and recycle, and is not accepted by most curbside recycling programmes. To address this gap, Amazon is launching plastic film recycling at more than 55 fulfilment centres across our network. Through this programme, we expect to recycle more 7,000 tons of plastic film per year, in addition to the 1,500 tons of plastic already being recycled annually in Europe.
We are also exploring alternative solutions for less common materials that cannot be recycled. In the UK, for example, we collect the silicone backing paper from shipping labels to convert into animal bedding. We are looking across our entire operations network to incorporate more of our own recycled plastic in products, packaging and operational processes.
At Amazon we know our customers care about minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill. To improve curbside recycling in the U.S., we partnered with The Recycling Partnership, which supports communities and local governments with education, infrastructure, and measurement related to curbside recycling.
We also invested $10 million USD in the Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund to finance recycling and circular economy infrastructure in North America. Through this investment, Amazon aims to increase product and packaging recycling, ensuring that material gets back into the manufacturing supply chain. Over the next decade, our investment in the Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund will improve curbside recycling for 3 million homes in communities across the U.S., diverting 1 million tonnes of recyclable material from landfill and eliminating the equivalent of 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
$10 MillionInvested in the Closed Loop Infrastructure Fund
3 MillionHomes with Improved Curbside Recycling