CHINA - Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region is to begin construction of the area’s first resource recycling market near the regional capital of Lhasa according to a report from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP).
With a total investment of US$4.1 million (RMB26 million) the market is designed to recycle 200,000 tonnes of resources annually, such as metal, plastic and paper, according to Li Zhiqing, manager-general of a local waste recycling company undertaking the project.
The market will be located more than 12 km from downtown Lhasa in Doilungdeqen county and cover an area of 15.5 hectares, Li said.
The project construction is expected to be completed in October 2012 and the market is set to be operational by the end of this year, he said.
Currently, most waste generated in Tibet is transported to other regions and recycled there.
Tibet's environmental condition has attracted wide attention at in China and abroad and the resource recycling market in Lhasa will benefit the region's urban environment, said Zhou Hui, deputy head of the regional commerce department.