Groundbreaking electronic waste facility to open in Hong Kong
The cutting-edge e-waste facility is being developed by ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong, which is part of the German ALBA Group, and is forecasted to recycle around 56 million tonnes of electronic waste every year.
ALBA IWS celebrated the commencement of building work at their Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Treatment and Recycling Facility on January 21 and were joined by officials from the Environmental Protection Department and the Hong Kong government.
The facility is being constructed at the EcoPark in Tuen Mun and is being funded by the Hong Kong government to tackle the problem of increasing e-waste; Hong Kong creates an estimated 70 million tonnes of electronic waste each year. The Hong Kong Government and ALBA IWS have signed a contract which stipulates that the latter must build and operate the facility and provide a collection service throughout Hong Kong until 2027.
Mr. WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment. “Key partners of this joint venture include ALBA … and IWS, a recyclable collector rooted in Hong Kong. We are confident that with their extensive experience in the environmental industry, they will be able to proactively source regulated e-waste within the community for proper treatment at the facility…”
The WEEE Treatment and Recycling Facility will employ over 280 people from the local area. The workers will sort through all the electronic waste that is collected by the facility and separate any electronic goods that are considered usable from those that are to be broken up for their materials and parts. Any e-waste that is considered toxic will be handled in a controlled environment that will meet all health and safety regulations.
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