There’s been some confusion with the Amazon mailers so I’m going to clarify how to handle each one.
This is Amazon’s first mailer. It’s a yellow paper envelope lined in clear plastic bubble wrap. It’s a composite/mixed material and difficult to separate. It goes in the trash.
This is Amazon’s second mailer, the “environmentally friendly one.” It is white and blue (it’s white and gold in September for supporting a cause) and it can only be recycled in a bag recycling station like at a grocery store or at the Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center. You are supposed to try to remove the paper label so I cut that part out and recycle the rest with my other plastic bag materials.
This is Amazon’s newest mailer. It is brown paper with a foam material inside. Amazon’s mailer says it’s recyclable. It’s a composite/mixed material and difficult to separate. This is not recyclable in Austin. One of the Zero Waste Block Leaders called one of the City of Austin’s contractors directly and were told this goes in the trash.
Unfortunately we cannot request particular packaging from Amazon. If you choose to use them, try and order enough material at one time to warrant a box that can be easily reused and recycled. I hope this helps.
Amazon has more Prime pickup options now. I’m not sure if the material is still in an envelope or box at pickup, but if it’s not this may be a packaging-free option for you. My closest location in basically inaccessible unless one has a parking permit or pays to park in a garage so it’s not feasible for me but let me know if you do a pickup, how it goes and what the packaging is like. Thanks!