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 textiles, recovered using the internet or with traditional dumpsters and then either donated to solidarity projects, resold abroad, or most significantly recycled and reintroduced into the production chain 85% of the time. Moving northwards, in Quingdao, former German colony and current Chinese beer capital, Semizentral Resource Recovery Centre collects wastewater and food waste from a population of about 12...