Amazon food donations

We are continuously working on initiatives to minimize the amount of food going to landfills. For the past few years, our U.S. fulfillment centers have been helping their local communities by donating food to local food banks. In 2016 we launched Amazon’s first nationwide initiative with Feeding America in our U.S. fulfillment centers to donate excess food to Feeding America, a U.S.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks. Through our nationwide initiative with Feeding America, our U.S. fulfillment centers donated enough pounds of food in 2016 to provide 5.3 million meals for those in need.


Amazon and Give Back Box® are working together to make donating easier for you. Using Give Back Box you can donate items you no longer need to charity with ease and bring new life to your empty Amazon box.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Open Your Box: Unpack your merchandise from your Amazon shipping box.

2. Pack Your Box: Fill the box with clothing, accessories and household goods you no longer need and print your free shipping label from

3. Send Your Box: Let UPS or the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliver your box of donations for you.

Donations go directly to your nearest participating charitable organization using a free shipping label and empty Amazon (or other) box. Your donations helps support employment, job training, and other community-based services to create strong families and communities.

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MBSS d/b/a Give Back Box does not plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare materials for or with respect to any charitable solicitation. Give Back Box does not act in the capacity of a professional fundraiser and does not solicit donations for any organization.

E-waste and recycling

Amazon supports the responsible disposal and recycling of electronics products. To encourage our customers to recycle their Amazon devices, we offer free shipping for this purpose. We also cover the costs associated with Amazon device recycling, which is performed by licensed recycling facilities. In 2015, we became an industry steward participant and financial supporter of Call2Recycle. As part of this program, customers can drop off Amazon Basics rechargeable batteries at almost 30,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Additionally, the Amazon Trade-In program accepts wireless phones, Kindle e-readers, and Kindle Fire tablets that do not power on, making it easy for customers to recycle their electronics.

Find out more about Amazon Trade-In.

Building Efficiency

We are constantly looking for ways to build upon our best energy and environmental practices and implement them across Amazon. Our new buildings are equipped with energy efficient technologies such as LED lighting, advanced building management systems, motor variable frequency drives, high efficiency heating and cooling systems, and remote energy and power monitoring.

In Seattle, our Doppler building and adjacent Meeting Center in downtown Seattle feature green roofs that capture and filter rainwater and our newest buildings are heated using an innovative approach to sustainability—recycling energy. This "district energy" system works by capturing heat generated at a non-Amazon data center. In addition, four of Amazon's fulfillment centers in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Arizona received LEED certification for their commercial interiors. These facilities were constructed with recycled building materials and feature natural lighting and resource-efficient plumbing fixtures and lighting controls.

Many of Amazon's fulfillment centers around the world also have sustainable and eco-friendly interiors and exteriors. For example,'s corporate offices in Munich, Germany, have been gold-certified as environmentally friendly by the German Sustainable Building Council, based on their energy-efficient interiors and use of sustainable building materials. Amazon's fulfillment center in Beijing, China, maximizes the use of natural lighting, saving thousands of kilowatt-hours of power usage each month. We're also experimenting with solar and fuel cell installations in our fulfillment centers and will continue to explore new technologies to help further reduce our environmental impact.