Reporting on his observations from a factory in Shijiao, Junkyard Planet author Adam Minter...
Aug 30, 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek has published a lengthy excerpt from contributor Adam Minter’s...
May 26, 2013
One of China’s ongoing food safety scandals involves the illegal recycling, repackaging, and reuse of cooking oil — which after crude processing is known as “gutter oil” (地沟油). In the midst of an ongoing food...
Dec 22, 2011
China’s hunger for materials and its powerful economies of scale can make a viable business of recycling what would occupy landfills elsewhere. At The Atlantic, Adam Minter describes the town of Shijiao, whose factories...
Mar 11, 2009
China’s recycling industry has taken a hit from the global economic crisis, as commodity prices sharply decrease. From Dan Levin of the New York Times: Each morning Tian Wengui emerges from the home he makes under a bridge...
Jan 31, 2008
From contactmusic.com: The solo star’s record label EMI has confirmed that over one million copies of RUDEBOX will be crushed and sent to the country to be recycled. The products will be used in street lighting and road...
Jul 17, 2007
It appears not every bit of environmental news out of China bespeaks disaster. A new report from Forest Trends, an NGO, credits Chinese willingness to use recycled waste paper with the salvation of millions of tons’ worth of forests worldwide: “Just last year, China’s use of waste-paper instead of trees to make paper products probably […]
Jul 14, 2007
From Associated Press from Examiner.com: China’s booming recycling industry is helping to slow the destruction of forests worldwide, providing a strong market for wastepaper that mostly comes from the United States and Europe , according to a study released Friday. But the report from the Washington-based Forest Trends also warns that despite the trees spared […]
Jun 11, 2007
Today Reuters reports on Guiyu, a Chinese e-wasteland: Guiyu is a modern day gold rush town. But instead of panning for gold in babbling streams, workers shift through piles of broken old computer parts in acrid smelling shacks, smelting down parts with crude equipment to extract valuable metals like gold and copper. [Full text] For […]
Mar 31, 2007
From Guardian Unlimited: …Here in Mai, a village in Guangdong Province, southern China, a community of recyclers ekes out a living from items considered so worthless in the west that they are given away free and quickly discarded. Carrier bags and bottles are shipped here from London, Rotterdam, Hong Kong and cities within China for […]
Jan 17, 2007
From China Daily (photo: garbage treatment plant dumping waste water into a ditch, via Chinanews.com.cn): Lianjiao (ËÅîÊªòÊùë) is already home to about 200,000 tons of waste plastic and 500,000 tons of waste paper and cardboard from both overseas and home. The quality of its air and water have declined because of pollutants unleashed by the […]
Dec 10, 2005
From the Los Angeles Times: Global commerce is neatly wrapped for Christmas on the streets of Toytown. In cardboard boxes. Thousands of the corrugated containers filled with Chinese-made vinyl dolls, plastic action figures, electronic gadgets, video games, clothing and die-cast cars pour daily into wholesale and retail toy shops in a dozen-block area on the […]
May 24, 2005
From China Daily Online: China has become a major dumping ground for electronic waste and risks becoming the world’s high-tech waste bin, posing hazards for people and the environment, Greenpeace warned… Although China has banned electronic waste from being imported, companies still export the waste there illegally while a lot more is generated domestically, said […]
May 10, 2005
From Asia Times, two articles, “Striving for sustainable development” and “Back to ‘circular economy‘”, about efforts at sustainable development in China: It has finally dawned on Beijing that requiring local officials to meet growth targets regardless of the environmental cost is turning China into an ecological train wreck. In a belated effort to address the […]
May 2, 2005
From the Electronic Buyers News: Supreme leader Deng Xiaoping unleashed the rewards ” and curses ” of capitalism on China more than two decades ago when he declared, “To get rich is glorious.” Today China has opened up its economy in all but the most sensitive areas to reap the benefits of free markets. But […]
Nov 9, 2004
China, with its extremely large population and declining amount of resources, has noticed a need for an effective recycling program. China’s government now is focusing on making sure factories are using clean resources and reusing resources. To check out the entire article, click here.
CDT in the News
- MIT Technology Review – Now China wants to censor online comments
- The Globe and Mail – Shanghai leaves lockdown after two months, but ‘zero COVID’ policy remains
- WION – Shanghai residents spent 2 months ‘locked’ up, but China bans media from calling it a ‘lockdown’
- The Independent – Shanghai prohibits media from using the term ‘lockdown’
- Guardian – Shanghai reportedly bans media use of the term ‘lockdown’ as lockdown ends