Sun Jun 27 2021
Green MSP Lorna Slater, has called on the Scottish Government to stop £4.7m with AWS after damming ‘dumping’ allegations
Lorna Slater, a leading Green MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) and co-leader of the Greens in Scotland, has called on the Scottish Government to sever all ties with Amazon (including the £4.7m they spend per year on AWS) following a recent report that alleged the e-commerce giant were just dumping thousands on unsold items every week.
She raised the issue directly with Nicola Sturgeon last Thursday during First Minister’s Questions, where she pointed the First Minister to a recent ITV report that showed undercover footage from an Amazon site in Dunfermline, which purported to show thousands on unsold items (many in their pristine and original packaging) being dumped in landfills or destroyed instead of being sent for recycling or donated to charity.
Amazon have, of course, denied all claims.
This is not the first time Scottish Greens have challenged the government on the levels of subsidy given to Amazon. As well as avoiding tax and the appalling treatment of workers, we now know this company would rather scrap millions of new items rather than give them to people in need. This is a time when public money should be going to small companies and those who need to recover from the pandemic, not to a mega-corporation whose net profits were over $20bn in 2020 alone.
At the heart of this obscene level of waste is an economy that puts a disposable, throwaway culture above the needs of people and the planet. That’s why we need a recovery that enshrines the circular economy in robust laws that will prevent such needless volumes of waste in the future.
The Scottish Government were recently forced to publish their spending with AWS (Amazon Web Services) after a Freedom of Information request was submitted, requesting the data.
In 2018/2019 £2.5m was spent by the Scottish Government on AWS, with a further £4.7m in 2020/2021.
It’s also believed the UK Government spent around £293m with AWS during 2020.
As of yet there has been no comment from the Scottish Government, however, Amazon did reply to say:
We think it’s important to set the record straight: we do not send items to landfill in the UK. Every year we donate millions of products to charities across the country. We’ve got more work to do but our goal is to get to zero product disposal
Sun Jun 27 2021