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PSA: here’s how to put your old Amazon shipping boxes to good use

PSA: here’s how to put your old Amazon shipping boxes to good use

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By now, all your Prime Day goodies should have arrived at your doorstep, finding their rightful places in your life. But what to do with all those boxes they arrived in? A quick PSA: if you don’t want to break the boxes down and recycle them, you can instead reuse them to ship away clothes, household items, and other goods you no longer need in order to make room for the new things you just bought.

The recycling program is in partnership with Give Back Box, a collaboration that Amazon announced back in December. To start, log onto and enter your zip code and email address to generate a shipping label with a tracking number. You can choose to have a tax-deductible receipt if you’d like, you just need to sign up for an account on the site.

Once you have the shipping label, just fill your old Amazon box(es) with stuff you want to donate, pack it up, and drop it off at your local USPS or UPS office. You can schedule a pickup straight from the website as well. Amazon says the donations will go to the nearest local participating charities — we have reached out to Give Back Box to see if it could specify which. Previously, Amazon stated it partnered with Goodwill.

Still, if you don’t have anything worth donating, you can also reuse the boxes to wrap presents in. Hey, we all have our own ways.

This article was originally published on July 15, 2017 and has been updated to include video and an update on Amazon’s partnership with Goodwill.