Alibaba’s Logistics Arm Cainiao Kicks off Major Recycling Initiative

Cainiao Network Technology, Alibaba Group’s smart logistics arm, announced on Tuesday plans on Tuesday to set up 1,000 recycling boxes in Shanghai for the reuse and recycling of parcel packaging.

The recycling stations located in courier booths across the city are where residents leave their used packages. They can also stand to choose paper packages from the recycling boxes when they need to send parcels themselves.

By the end of June, China has some 12,000 recycling points for disposed packages, and boasts about 20,000 new energy vehicles. Over 96 percent of express delivery orders are now placed through a paperless, electronic logging system.

China churned out 50 billion parcels last year, ranking first globally for consecutively five years. A document released by the State Post Bureau has said that by 2020, half of external packages should be degradable, 90 percent of bills electronic, and packaging for each parcel reduced by 10 percent.