Pictured above: Front row left to right are Wenquan Luo of Deyang Construction and Axel Schweitzer, CEO of the ALBA Group; back row left to right are China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The ALBA Group, a Germany-based recycling, environmental services and raw materials company, has agreed to build what it calls “a high-tech recycling park” with Chengdu Techcent Environment Co. Ltd. and Deyang Construction Investment. The signing ceremony took place in early June 2017 during a meeting between the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Keqiang Li in Berlin.
The roughly 3.3-square-kilometre (1.27 square miles) “Deyang Resource Recycling Industrial Park” is to be built southeast of the city of Deyang in eastern Sichuan Province in China. The cost of the park is estimated at around €1 billion ($1.12 billion). The park is being designed to provide “for all types of waste and all treatment and recycling steps to be processed in one place using the state-of-the-art plants available,” according to ALBA.
“China is very interested in rapid progress in terms of environmental protection,” says Axel Schweitzer, CEO of ALBA Group. “In the process it is relying on German recycling expertise, like we offer at ALBA. We want to develop these kinds of high-tech recycling parks, like the one planned now, in various Chinese regions. We are delighted to be able to make a start with our partners in Deyang and be a role model for other projects with this. As a result, we are actively supporting China to continue to set up and expand the concept of modern and sustainable recycling and reuse.”
ALBA and Techcent say “the strictest environmental standards will be complied with in the process.” Goals of the recycling park include reducing transportation costs and environmental pollution. “All the region’s [discarded materials are] to be returned to the economic cycle, residual waste is to be minimised and the region’s air and water pollution is to be reduced as best as possible using state-of-the-art technology, the intelligent networking of material and energy flows and a centralised park infrastructure,” say the two companies.
The Deyang Resource Recycling Industrial Park is being touted as a model for sustainable waste management in China and “sustainable waste and recycling concepts for use in mega cities [will be] practically tested here,” say ALBA and Techcent. They also say enquiries for other parks in other regions have already been received.
The ALBA Group has been represented in Hong Kong since the early 1990s, from where it developed its Asian business, including obtaining the contract for the collection and recycling of household “regulated” electronic scrap for Hong Kong’s more than 7 million residents.
Chengdu Techcent Environment Co, Ltd. describes itself as being active in research, development, services and plant construction for environmental technology. Techcent has had a 60 percent share in the ALBA Group’s services and China business since the start of 2017.
Deyang Construction Investment Development Group is a state-owned company that says it is “mainly engaged in the investment and operation of urban and rural infrastructure and public goods in the area of Deyang,” including public transportation, municipal and water conservancy construction.