How to Recycle Amazon Packaging

How to Recycle Amazon Packaging

How to Recycle Amazon Packaging of All Types?

Online retail has risen to greater heights in recent years. According to Forbes, there was a 16% growth between 2017 and 2018. Consumers went to online shopping to buy products when stores were forced to close temporarily because to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has raised online purchasing to incredible new heights. According to a report, online orders increased by 74% in March 2020.

Plastic bags and "air pillows" are just a few of the plastic packing options available on Amazon. Despite its light weight, this plastic almost never biodegrades, cause pollution to ocean ecosystems. Marine animals like sea turtles too often mistake eat it.

Amazon customers should be provided a plastic-free solution at checkout. According to the survey, 86% of Amazon customers are concerned about plastic pollution and 87% believe that major online retailers like Amazon should take action to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they use.

Recycling is frequently cited as a "solution" to plastic pollution, yet Amazon's plastic packaging is not easy to recycle.

Here's a step-by-step instruction to recycling of different types of Amazon packaging.

 

Paper Padded Mailers

Mailers are composed of paper and packed with paper fibers are recyclable. This involves Amazon's newest mailers, which use a high-tech padding process that involves heating glue into a puffy white layer of padding. Put them in your curbside recycling bin and have them picked up, or bring them to your local solid waste department. They're also compostable if you compost at home. Before you compost them, make sure you remove any tape or sticky labels.

 

Bubble – Lined Plastic Bag

Many localities allow for curbside pickup, but if yours does not, Amazon offers a feature where you may search for a drop-off site by entering your postal code or zip code.

 

Cardboard boxes and Folders

Amazon's cardboard boxes and folders are simple to recycle. If they're particularly large, check your district's laws about cutting them down. Most communities have rules in place that require residents to contribute by cutting cardboard into squares or rectangles of a specified size. You might be able to avoid having to cut cardboard down to smaller sizes if you bring it to a facility. It should also be clean and dry. Tape and staples can also be removed, and brown cardboard can be composted.

 

Bubble- Lined Envelope

Try to reuse or recycle bubble-lined envelopes to keep as much debris out of landfills as possible, if you can't throw them out with the trash.

 

Packaging Paper

You can also put packaging paper in your blue bin for curbside pickup.

 

Air pillow

If possible finding a drop-off place that accepts air pillows, otherwise Amazon recommends recycling its air pillows at the curbside. Like Amazon's plastic bags, air pillows include plastic film, making the package more difficult to recycle.

When you're ready to recycle them, it is recommended that first deflating the pillow before taking it to a drop-off site.

 

Gel Pack

Unfortunately, the gel packets are not recyclable and must be discarded.

 

Bubble – Lined Plastic Bag

Many localities allow for curbside pickup, but if yours does not, Amazon offers a feature where you may search for a drop-off site by entering your postal code or zip code.

 

Insulated Pouch

Amazon's insulated pouches are frequently recyclable, but you must disassemble them first. Take the insulating pad out of the mailer and discard it. Remove the plastic film off by cutting the pad open. Participating plastic bag/plastic film recycling bins accept the plastic film for recycling. The insulated pouch's fiber pad is constructed of natural fibers that may be composted. If your local facility accepts cotton fibers for recycling, it might be accepted.

 

Plastic Bottles

To keep some items cold during shipping, Amazon will utilize frozen water bottles. Over time, those water bottles will melt. It is safe to consume the water. The water bottles can be simply recycled after they've been empty, either at the curbside or at a drop-off location.

 

Plastic Produce Bags

It's unlikely that the produce bags in which your fruits and veggies arrive will be accepted in your curbside recycling bin. If you have any additional queries or concerns regarding the different types of packaging and how to recycle them, consult Amazon's website or your municipal govt. for more information.