This week, the Verge reported on the massive onslaught of Amazon’s cardboard boxes at recycling facilities everywhere—otherwise known as the “Amazon effect.”
According to Sims Municipal Recycling, one of the country’s largest recycling facilities that accepts much of New York City’s recyclables, corrugated cardboard—the kind that makes up Amazon boxes—now represents nearly half of the local curbside recycling stream, as compared to just 15 percent in 2004.
And while this uptick may not be isolated to Amazon packages alone, the retailer certainly hasn’t helped the issue with the launch of its two-day and even more recent one-day shipping guarantees for Prime customers. (Back in 2017, Amazon said it shipped more than five billion items to its Prime users, which obviously doesn’t even factor in the number of shipments to non-Prime customers.)
Totally awesome! Corrugated is from a renewable resource and in some cases can be a reusable commodity. Just think if that was all plastic with the already burgeoning problems that commodity is producing.