Recycling Club, Beijing, China

Beijing's Recycling Club stimulates the demand for waste recycling in the community.

The information on this project was compiled by students from the University of Geneva as part of the Urban Futures Workshop (full report).


The Club receives extensive attention from surrounding communities. The use of disruptive technology in the recycling project in the community has empowered community engagement and regeneration. (IoT sensors, real-time monitoring, community survey tool). The objective is to regenerate abandoned street-front spaces to create a place for the community to recycle waste. uses social media to encourage recycling and innovatively improve the recycling rate in China.

Date: July 2020 - September 2020

Implementation period : 3 months

Time life of the project: Ongoing

Cost: undisclosed

Status of land: Public

Type of place: Public


  • Local public stakeholders: Beijing/Shuangjing governments, municipal solid waste management etc.
  • Local private stakeholders: third party,, Philanthropreneur Foundation.
  • Civil society: community residents, users, inhabitants.

Target audience

Local residents, Households

Citizen participation

Co-design; Co-production; Mobilization

Types of action

  • Events, infrastructure
  • Citizen participation, innovation

Types of intervention

  • Street intervention
  • New recycling place
  • Waste recycling education

Innovation uses a Wechat mini-application for recycling and reimbursing residents.



The objective of educating and promoting recycling has been achieved in the community. The limitation is that the tech-empowered regeneration causes barriers for those who are not adept at new technologies such as the use of smartphones, apps, etc. Another barrier for the project was the lack of involvement of Jiulong Residential Community Committee in the initial stage of the project makes the Recycling Club not the priority for the village-level government.


Beijing Community, Research Center


World Bank Group. (2021) A case study of Shuangjing Subdistrict, Beijing. Participatory community regeneration by disruptive technologies. Jan 2021


  • Type of action : valorisation
  • State : Démarrage