Solvay Launches E-Waste Recycling Project in Shanghai Technology Park to Support Responsible Recycling

Published on by Nika Zobec

Solvay, a global chemical company founded in 1863, has committed to participating in, and supporting the [WE] Project, an e-waste collection, recycling and educational program launched by Green Initiatives in 2016.

The [WE] Project will be implemented at Solvay’s Shanghai Technology Park for the next one year, where about 800 employees and staff of the company will have access to a system to drop-off their e-waste (or electronic waste). Over 100 different items, including mobile phones, dvd’s/cd’s, electronic gadgets, other portable electronics and batteries – only Lithium-Iron (Li-Fe) and Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) type, may be recycled through the [WE] Project.

China’s e-waste problem is a well-known issue. Of the 6 million tons of e-waste that gets generated in the country per year, according to a UNU report, roughly 70% goes directly to landfill or is recycled through informal processes, which are damaging our environment and a risk for human health. The [WE] Project has been working on this issue to, first, raise awareness on the growing e-waste problem and its toxic consequences and second, to provide a system of transparent recycling through its partnership with leading IT waste management company, TES.

Solvay is driven by proud and committed chemists, and works across diversified markets worldwide, from consumer goods to energy, with the key goal to improve quality of life and customer performance.

Staying true to its environmental commitment Solvay has also worked closely on the  Solar Impulse project since 2003, where its team of engineers, scientists, dreamers and innovators developed clean-sheet solutions to improve the energy chain, enhance the structure and reduce the weight of the solar-powered aircraft – crucial elements that are helping to make the historic flight a success. Powered exclusively by solar energy, Solar Impulse completed its tour round the world after covering more than 35,000 km, flowing over 2 oceans, breaking 8 world records between March 2015 to July 2016.

With its participation on this Green Initiatives project Solvay aims to raise awareness about environmental issues and community projects among their team, while also engaging them in action-oriented activities. Solvay hopes that this would just be a starting point towards implementing many more environmentally responsible activities and projects for its staff.

For any further enquiries please contact the Green Initiatives project team at or +86 135 2412 1424