We have been horrified to read of the large-scale disposal of unsold goods by e-commerce and fashion retailers. Is this contravening waste law?

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We have been horrified to read of the large-scale disposal of unsold goods by e-commerce and fashion retailers. Is this contravening waste law?

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While destroying perfectly good merchandise might be a crime against the environment, companies which dispose of unsold stock are not breaking the law because of the way that “waste” is defined.

The definition of waste has its roots in the EU Waste Framework Directive, transposed into UK law through the Environment Act 1995, which states that waste is anything that is “discarded”. If the owner of an item does not want it and decides to dispose of it, the item is “waste” regardless of its condition and potential resale value. This even applies to materials such as scrap metal which are purchased by recyclers and returned to productive use.

So as

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