Amazon criticised over new non-recyclable packaging

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Amazon has come under fire for its introduction of new packaging, none of which is recyclable in the UK.

As The Guardian reports, the online retail giant has started sending small Prime items in plastic envelopes, as opposed to the small cardboard boxes it used previously.

These envelopes cannot currently be recycled in the UK, as Amazon itself confirms on its Second Chance site dedicated to packaging recycling.

The move comes at the same time that many High Street retailers are cutting back or abandoning plastic packaging altogether.

A number of supermarkets are beginning to experiment with packaging-free options for fruits and vegetables, and many smaller retailers now offer only paper bags.

Amazon's new packaging has been criticised by both consumers and environmental groups.

Friends of the Earth head of policy Mike Childs told the Guardian: “Despite the huge public outcry, it’s astonishing how many companies are still using single-trip, unrecyclable plastic for deliveries.

“If we want to stem the tide of plastic pollution blighting our environment, giant firms like Amazon have to find ways of making deliveries in returnable and reusable packaging. And if they won’t – the government should make them.”

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