Renewable Matter # 29-30 / September-December

The Circular Republic of China

by Giorgia Marino

Dossier China


The world’s second largest economy is faced with a circular transition challenge. Promotion laws, five-year plans and pilot projects bear witness to the path that has been chosen for at least two decades. And if industrial eco-parks are today’s model to be exported, China’s circular future will be built in cities. 


In Shanghai, the city’s administration excels in its commitment to electronic waste recycling, an ongoing ordeal that emerged from China’s digital boom. Urban mining potential is boosted by a collection plan integrating online private-initiative platforms, such as Alahb, with a door-to-door modality, to suit all requirements. The same also goes for used clothes and...

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