China Circular Electronics and Material Value Chains

This Action aligns with the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Electronics

2. Enable Producers to Increase Sourcing of Recycled Content

4. Guide and Support New Business Models for Environmental, Financial, and Social Triple-Win

6. Set Up Effective Collection Systems


Project description

The project aims to support effective systems for the integration of recycled materials into electronic products and equipment along with other circular economy strategies. Through collaboration between multinational businesses, government and the domestic material recovery sector, work will seek to co-design pilot projects which test new regulatory approaches, technologies and partnerships. 


Long term ambitions

Help the Chinese government reach its target or recycling 50% of e-waste by 2025 and sourcing 20% of materials for products from recycled sources.



  • Major electronic companies have set targets to use secondary materials in new products and other strategies to accelerate the circular economy

  • China is leading electronics manufacturing & has high targets for circular economy in electronics

  • Only $160m of value is recovered of a potential $1.3 billion worth of materials

  • Limited understanding of secondary material market scale, potential and operations in China

  • Informal secondary material processing in China is dominant



  • Create a platform for public-private collaboration between electronics companies and the Chinese government 

  • Move towards piloting new strategies for circular economy in electronics

  • Undergo research to increase the base of knowledge on circular electronics in China



World Economic Forum, China Association of Circular Economy, China National Resources Recycling Association, Apple, Huawei, GEM, DELL Technologies, Philips Health. Xiaomi, Oppo, Aihuishou, Huishoubao, TES-AMM, JD, HPE, Huirong, TES-AMM (data center servers), GE Healthcare, Siemens Healthineers, United Imaging (medical imaging equipment)