Cainiao and courier companies support garbage rules
Alibaba's courier and logistics affiliate Cainiao Network has teamed up with five courier companies to put 1,000 recycling boxes in the city to collect reusable material in support of the city's garbage rules.
Customers are encouraged to leave cardboard packing materials at dispatch points and delivery stations. Courier staff will help to separate plastic bags, which are residual waste, while cartons are recyclable waste.
The number of packages has brought concern about how packaging materials could be collected and recycled. This could also save courier firms on costs to packaging material.
In the Yangtze River Delta region, tens of thousands of such boxes have been put up by Cainiao at supermarkets and delivery points at colleges where online shoppers also pick up their deliveries.
The number of courier packages in China hit 50 billion last year. Package materials make up less than 1 percent of total waste but many of these packages can be reused several times.
Shanghai is also putting 2,500 recycling boxes at local postal stations.
Cainiao as well as courier partners including STO, Yunda and Best Express have set up sustainable development commissions inside each company to speed up the adoption of environmentally friendly practices.