China courier companies hold Green Delivery Day
Chinese courier companies collaborate to minimise environmental impact, improve recycling
China’s leading courier companies held their first ‘Green Delivery Day’ on Tuesday, in a bid to reduce pollution caused by the logistics industry.
China Environmental Protection Foundation, Alibaba Foundation, and China's courier giants including Alibaba's logistics arm Cainiao Network, STO Express, YTO Express, ZTO Express, Shanghai Yunda Express and Best Express jointly established Green Delivery Day at the 2019 Global Smart Logistics Summit held in Hangzhou, capital of eastern China's Zhejiang Province.
The day will be marked on 28th May each year.
The initiators also announced plans to install 50,000 green recycling bins across the country.
China's express delivery sector handled 50.7 billion parcels in 2018, an increase of 26.6 percent year-on-year, according to the State Post Bureau. E-commerce is a major contributor to the growth in parcel delivery.
However, environmental pollution triggered by mass express packaging has aroused concern. The express industry has been making efforts to reduce pollution over the past few years.
The emergence of digital express sheets has helped save over 300 billion sheets of paper, while recycled environmental-friendly packaging has helped save 200 million disposable plastic bags.
Meanwhile, express firms have introduced more environmental-friendly materials to make packaging bags, implemented new energy vehicles, and set up recycle stations across the country.