China’s WAR on Waste: Green Drinks July Forum

  • 4 July 2019
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • WeWork @ Hunan Road, Shanghai

Sort your trash, or face a fine. From July 1st, China's largest city will start enforcing new regulations that require all individuals and businesses to properly separate their rubbish. (link)

As Shanghai rolls a new waste segregation, sorting and recycling regulation, join Green Drinks July forum to understand what's on the cards for the city. Some of the questions we are looking to answer at this forum include:

  • What exactly is the regulation? What are the DO's and DON'T's? What are the fines?
  • How to sort household waste into four categories — dry garbage, wet garbage (kitchen waste), recyclables and hazardous waste?
  • Why does this make sense? What are the challenges and opportunities?
  • How can we change our perception on waste - perhaps we would do well to start looking at Waste As Resource (WAR)?
  • What are some of the local initiatives, entrepreneurs and resources that can support organizations in making a transition to a less wasteful, more responsible ones?
  • How can we go beyond recycling and reduce our waste?

Whether Shanghai achieves its goal through its garbage sorting initiative, only time will tell. But the real war on waste, might only begin here when people start to change the way think about trash.

Event Itinerary

  • 18:30-19:10 Registrations
  • 19:10-19:20 Event introduction
  • 19:20-20:30 Presentation by our speakers
  • 20:30-21:00 Discussions / Q&A

About Speakers

Quelen Cassini, 
Assistant Professor at Fudan University
Title: Much more than a regulation.
Subject: What is behind Shanghai new regulation for recycling? Is it just chinese government propaganda? This talk will help you to understand in a broad way China's politics and law enforcement.
Background: Quelen holds a Master degree in International Law from China University of Political Science and Law (中国政法大学) in Beijing. She is now based Shanghai conducting her PhD in International Relations. With over 10 years of experience in Chinese politics and laws, Quelen has been investigating China's role for global sustainable development.

Shu Zhu, 
Green Initiatives Program and Outreach Manager
Title: Recycling to the right place
Subject: Shanghai started a new regulation for recycling, what does it mean for all of us? Can we make waste sorting easy and fun at home? Where do the waste really go after we put them into the right bin? This talk will help you with some confusion about what goes where.
Background: Shu graduated from Landscape Architecture in Edinburgh and is now back in China to explore ways of raising environmental awareness. She is currently a member of GI and also helping to build an eco-community in Dianshan Lake.

Alizée Ccm,
 Founder of Zero Waste Shanghai
Title: Why recycling is not the solution and what you can do to reduce your waste.
Subject: Only 10% of the waste in Shanghai is recycled. And even if, it’s more convenient to think that governments and companies should invest in recycling centers, it’s not the solution to the problem, but merely ‘buying time’ for the inevitable. There are a lot of things we can do as individual, a company and a school to reduce the waste we produce and therefore reduce the need for recycling.
Background: Alizée was raised in Belgium but created herself in China. She knew for a long time that her life work would take her around the world and create value for the greater good. She’s been heading the Zero Waste movement in China for 5 years, and runs a company in sustainability in Shanghai that works with individuals, schools, large companies and governments, to reduce the impact on the environment through education, hands on activities and practical implementations.


Regular Registration 50RMB
Student Registration 20RMB
At-the-Door(Without RSVP) 70RMB

Event Details

4 Jul 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WeWork @ Hunan Road, 328 Hunan Road, Near Gaoyou Road, Shanghai
Shanghai Library Line 10 Exit 3