The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has awarded a design, build and operate (DBO) contract for a 30,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) treatment and recycling facility.
To be built at the EcoPark in Tuen Mun, the contract was awarded to ALBA Integrated Waste Solutions Hong Kong Limited (ALBA-IWS) following an open tender.
The Government has earmarked HKD$550 million (US$71m) for the building of the project and its operating cost.
ALBA-IWS is a joint venture comprising ALBA Asia, German recycling technology firm Erdwich Vertriebs GmbH and a local collection firm, IWS Environmental Technologies.
An EPD spokesperson said that commissioning could start by 2017.
In March, a new bill was introduced to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council to encourage WEEE recycling.
Called the Promotion of Recycling and Proper Disposal (Electrical Equipment and Electronic Equipment) (Amendment) Bill 2015, it includes refrigerators, washing machines, TVs, among others.
Manufacturers and importers of regulated electrical equipment will be required to register as registered suppliers and pay a recycling fee for regulated electrical equipment that is distributed in Hong Kong.