At another CVS retailer in Indiana in November, Sacks found a massive amount of unopened food, all of which were still safe to use.View this post on Instagram
43 pairs of reading glasses found in @cvspharmacy’s trash tonight. They average $25 per pair, amounting to around $1,075 of merchandise deliberately discarded. • A lot of people talk about the time associated with donating as a barrier for corporations to do so. What people don’t know is that employees still spend time dealing with this merchandise. They need to scan it out, and then often are ordered to destroy it so no one can use it, as what happened here. And so instead of simply setting this merchandise aside for donations, employees must spend extra time deliberately destroying this otherwise usable merchandise. • I’m not sure what to do with these. Besides for the ones that are twisted, most of the reading glasses are missing a screw, and then hopefully could be reattached. If anyone has ideas about what to do please let me know
And on December 25, she managed to recover – among other things – 17 full boxes of tampons and pads, all still usable. "I hope that in 2020 we’ll see #donatedontdump legislation in the US to prevent this unnecessary waste," Sacks said in her post.
A major part of the problem, Sacks notes, is that usually the last place something might go before the trash is a thrift store. The problem with that, however, is that thrift stores only take something deemed "sellable," which significantly limits what is accepted."Ultimately, we need to create laws preventing the destruction of usable items," Sacks told TODAY. "France does that. It could start off with food, and then it could expand to all other usable items."It can be a voluntary thing, but it would be more effective if this becomes a federal law."View this post on Instagram
The bad news is that we’ve created systems that don’t make sense. The good news is that we can fix them through public pressure and/or laws. • Here are 17 boxes of tampons and pads that @cvspharmacy tossed, among other donatable items (unopened pregnancy test, unopened honey, unopened toothpaste etc). • They all have excessive amounts of external packaging damage, which makes me think that an employee was ordered to first destroy all these items before tossing them. • Whatever the case, since the tampons and pads are individually sealed in plastic wrap, they’re still safe to use despite the external packaging damage. • Tampons and pads are some of the most requested items for shelters. They’re a basic necessity. • I hope that in 2020 we’ll see #donatedontdump legislation in the US to prevent this unnecessary waste