Ground Breaking Ceremony: Start of Construction of
Hong Kong’s First WEEE Treatment Facility
HONG KONG, 21 January 2016 – ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong Ltd. (“ALBA IWS”), joined by officials from the Hong Kong Government and the Environmental Protection Department, today hosts a ceremony at the site of its future Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Treatment and Recycling Facility (“WEEETRF”) at the EcoPark in Tuen Mun to celebrate the ground breaking of the project. The ceremony marks the start of the construction of Hong Kong’s first WEEE treatment facility and a milestone in Hong Kong’s development of the Producers Responsibility Scheme (“PRS”) for WEEE.
The general demand for electrical and electronic equipment is developing fast as it brings convenience to modern life. Such convenience results in increasing disposal of WEEE. Each year, some 70,000 tonnes of WEEE are discarded from households, businesses and institutions in Hong Kong. The management of WEEE creates a major challenge to our society.
The Hong Kong Government has signed contract with ALBA IWS in May 2015 to design and build the WEEETRF, provide a collection service and operate the facility until 2027. It is expected that the new plant will create up to 280 jobs for the people of Hong Kong. The facility will use state-of-the art technology provided by the ALBA Group to process TVs, computers, washing machines and air- conditioners into valuable secondary raw materials while controlling the management of the hazardous materials that are contained in this equipment.
Mr. WONG Kam-sing, Secretary for the Environment says: “We awarded the contract for the WEEE Treatment and Recycling Facility to ALBA IWS last year. Key partners of this joint venture include ALBA, a large recycling company in Germany, 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, thus making the mandatory PRS a success.”
Dr Axel Schweitzer, Chief Executive Officer of the international recycling specialist ALBA Group says: “We are looking forward to bringing in our experience and expertise in WEEE treatment and management into Hong Kong. We are honoured that we have the opportunity to contribute to the sustainable development of this wonderful city with the support of the citizens of Hong Kong.”
With the introduction of the PRS in 2016, the Hong Kong Government will develop further regulations to enhance control over the storage, treatment, reprocessing and recycling of the regulated electrical equipment. Consequently, the management, treatment or disposal of any specified WEEE will be subject to regulatory control and a Waste Disposal License must be obtained under the Waste Disposal Ordinance.
In the WEEETRF, the e-waste in good condition will be picked out and refurbished for donation to the needy by NGO engaged by the ALBA IWS. The e-waste that cannot be refurbished will be dismantled to remove elements of the equipment, for example, compressors, cable, capacitors and coils, for recycling. Toxic substances, such as refrigerants, mercury-containing backlight of flat panels, leaded glass of cathode ray tube televisions, will be removed in a controlled environment and sent separately for proper treatment. The remaining recyclable components will then be shredded and sorted into different types of useful materials, such as metals and plastics for reuse as secondary raw materials.
The facility will transform up to 30,000 tonnes of regulated e-waste into valuable raw materials each year. The capacity can be increased up to 57,000 tonnes by arranging additional shifts for the operation of the facility on a demand basis.
The construction of the main building will start in January 2016 and the facility is expected to be operational by mid-2017.
Beside the operation of the recycling plant, ALBA IWS will as well be responsible for the collection of the WEEE materials. The company will establish a series of collection hubs over Hong Kong where the materials will be consolidated for transportation to the facility at the Eco Park.
Upon request by sellers of regulated electrical equipment as part of their take back obligations, ALBA IWS will provide free removal service to collect old equipment from consumers’ premises. Members of public can hand over the regulated e-waste at all of the collection hubs.
Mr. Cheng Chi Ming, Brian, Chairman of Integrated Waste Solutions Group Holdings Limited: “As a company firmly rooted in Hong Kong, ALBA IWS will work with the community to address the rising need for waste collection and management and contribute to the development of a greener Hong Kong.”
To learn more about the facility, please visit www.weee.com.hk to watch the introductory video.
About ALBA IWS
ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong Ltd. is a joint venture company which was founded by German recycling specialist ALBA Group and the logistics expert Integrated Waste Solutions Group Holdings Limited. It carries the order which includes the construction of a recycling facility for electronic waste and the operation of the collection and recycling system for a period of ten years in Hong Kong.
About ALBA Group
With its two brands – ALBA and Interseroh – ALBA Group operates within Germany, Europe and Asia. With an annual turnover of 2.45 billion Euros (2014) and about 8,000 employees ALBA Group is one of the leading recycling and environmental services companies as well as raw material providers worldwide. In 2014 alone ALBA Group saved about 6.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gases compared to primary production and at the same time more than 48.3 million tonnes of primary raw materials through its recycling activities.
Integrated Waste Solutions Group Holdings Limited specialises in waste management, principally engaged in the waste recycling and waste solutions provider business. It provides solid waste management services including waste paper management and confidential materials destruction service (“CMDS”). Our mission is to become one of the largest integrated waste solutions providers in the Greater China and to deliver services and products of the highest quality. As a market leader,
we are committed to providing integrated and techno-led waste solutions as a responsible enterprise through waste recovery, waste recycling, and waste disposal treatment.
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