China’s Waste Ban – Boon or Bane? Green Drinks April Forum

  • 24 April 2018
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • WeWork@Yan’an Dong Lu, Shanghai

Out of sight, out of mind.
This is the attitude most people have with regards to waste. However, the reality is, the lifespan of waste extends much further than after we toss it.

China is very well aware of this. In the past 20 years, China has taken in more than 50% of the world’s waste – mainly from the UK, US, and EU. However, more recently, China has taken introduced a ban on 24 kinds of solid waste including unsorted paper and textile materials. The dependence on China for waste disposal and recycling has left most countries without the infrastructure to deal with the waste it produces. In the UK, this means only 50-55% of waste is able to be treated.

In an ideal world, shouldn’t those who produce the waste also deal with it, rather than pass on the dirty work elsewhere?

The shocking numbers driven by China’s waste ban is driving stronger strategies in countries who had previously been able to sweep their trash under the rug. However, the real opportunity is the recognition of how much waste is produced. China’s waste ban means countries need to be proactive instead of reactive with waste. It can also inspire the implementation of similar bans in other developing countries, who are likely to become the new destination for the waste, while also encouraging innovation in waste reduction strategies and recycling technologies.

Join us for our 108th Green Drinks monthly forum, in collaboration with Collective Responsibility, where we will look to understand the implication of waste ban on countries, why this may be a positive step for China and for other countries, opportunities, challenges and innovations.

Event Itinerary:

  • 18:30-19:15 Registrations and networking
  • 19:15-20:15 Speaker presentations
  • 20:15-20:45 Panel discussion / Q&A
  • 20:45-21:15 Networking / end of event


Siyi Mi, Analyst, Collective Responsibility
Background: Siyi Mi is an Analyst at Collective Responsibility. She carries out research and analysis, helping corporate clients with the development and execution of strategic projects under China’s changing social and economic landscape. Her areas of focus include waste management, urban development, environment and energy. Prior to joining Collective Responsibility, Siyi was a researcher for the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has experience consulting for governments, businesses, NGOs, and international organizations on various sustainability projects in China and the United States.Siyi received her B.Eng. in Renewable Science and Technology from Xi’an Jiaotong University and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jet Chang, VP, Circular Economy Business Development, TOMRA GROUP Asia 
Background: Jet has more than 15 years working experience in the environment sector in China, including air pollution, waste water and soil remediation sectors. He joined Tomra group in Oct 2017, and has been focusing on promoting circular plastic and circular smart cities business model in China. Tomra is the Norway headquartered world leader in providing sensor-based used beverage packaging collection solutions and resource recycling sorting solutions, with business in more than 80 countries.
Jiayu Wan, Cluster Environment Director, Greater China, Tetra Pak 
Background: Mr. WAN Jiayu joined Tetra Pak China in 2014. Before joining Tetra Pak, he was a Programme Development and Communications Manager in World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF), where he engaged in various environment related projects. Mr. WAN Jiayu also held both professional and management roles in the Marketing function in the companies including Gillette (China), American Standard. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Politics from Fudan University China, and a agriculture food MBA from ESSEC Business School Paris, France.

Event Details

24 Apr 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WeWork@Yan’an Dong Lu, 588 Yan'an East Road, Near Zhejiang Middle Road, Shanghai
Dashijie Station Line 8 Exit 1