The [WE] Project

01 May 2016 - 31 December 2021


Launched in May 2016, this recycling initiative aims to provide the local community with a transparent, systematic and environmentally-friendly way to dispose off unwanted and broken electronic products. This process reduces the number of items that are buried in landfills or incinerated, with the additional benefit of preventing toxins that damage our health from being released into the air, water, and soil.


China generates roughly 6 million ton of e-waste per year, according to a UNU report.

E-waste contain a lot of toxic materials, yet roughly 70% of this waste either goes directly to landfill or is recycled through informal processes, which are damaging our environment and a risk for human health. The need to reduce e-waste is urgent and individuals and organizations can make an immediate impact.

Let's give our used electronics a safe home!

How to Participate

As a consumer, consider carefully before you make your next electronics purchase. Every purchase decision you make has an impact on the environment. However, here are ways to dispose-off your existing electronic items:

  • As an individual, instead of throwing away your old or broken electronics, you can recycle them at one of our collection centers .
  • If you work in a company or a school, we'd love to place a collection box branded with your company/school logo in your premise and organize regular pickups. We would also come in to do a project presentation and help you organize your first electronic waste collection. Further, if your organization has large quantities of computers or telecommunication equipment that are in re-usable condition we may also be able to refurbish them put them to re-use.
  • If you work in a hotel, a restaurant or a cafe, we would like to work with you to place a collection box in your premises and organize pickups. The collection box would also serve as a collection point for the community, and your location would be added to a map with local collection points.
  • If you work in an electronic product manufacturing company that would like to safely dispose off large quantities of your product, please contact us to schedule a bulk pickup.

Recycling Guidelines

Common items that can be recycled through the [WE] box:

  • Small household appliances: Vacuum cleaner, iron, toaster, coffee machine, clock, hair dryer, electric toothbrush, batteries, etc.
  • IT and telecommunications equipment: Laptop, tablet, personal computer and related equipment, calculator, telephone, mobile phone, etc.
  • Media and storage devices: CD, DVD, blue-ray disc, and USB.
  • Consumer electronics: Camera, musical instrument, audio device, video camera, video recorder, television screen, radio and audio system.
  • Electrical and electronic tools: Drill, sewing machine, riveting or screwing tool, welding tool, gardening tool, etc.
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment: Handheld video game console, video game, electric train or car, etc.
  • Monitoring and control instruments: Smoke detector, heating regulator, thermostat, measuring and weighing appliance.

Devices that cannot be recycled through the [WE] box

  • Light bulbs
  • Laboratory & medical devices
  • Devices bigger than 30x30cm (please contact us for disposal of large appliances)

[WE] Project Recycling Process

Used electronics that are disposed in the collection boxes would be picked up every few months and brought to a certified dismantling factory. Here, several materials and resources are extracted from the products: plastic, glass, epoxy, precious metals such as gold and silver, and non-precious metals such as copper. Some of these materials are used to make derivative products such as agglomerates for making benches and doors with plastic and epoxy, plastic chips, etc.


E-waste collected from WE project so far: 14755 KG

Drop-Off Points in Shanghai

Here's a list of locations where you can drop-off your electronic items:

Please see below for a list of addresses.

Public Drop-Off Locations:

Jing’an Area
URBN Hotel @183 Jiaozhou Road, Hotel Lobby
ANKEN Access:285 Anyuan Rd

Pudong Area
Community Center Shanghai, 1146 Biyun Rd, Tower A, 3rd Floor

Changning Area
Anken Air @ No.181, 465 Zhenning Rd

Private Drop-Off Locations:

Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi, 2000 Qianpujing Road, Minhang, Shanghai
PwC, 42/F, New Bund Center, 588 Dongyu Road, Pudong District, Shanghai
Auditoire, Building No 2, Jioazhou Road 343, Jingan District, Shanghai

*Please note that private locations are only for people with permitted access to the building i.e. employees and/or patrons.


E-Waste Further Reading