The opening of Southwest China's largest recycling base at Neijiang in southeast Sichuan is expected to boost the development of environmental economics in the region, according to the Sichuan Online and West China City Daily.
Held on 5 June 2011, World Environment Day, the opening ceremony of the recycling production park marked the start of its secondary development.
The base is a fruition of the agreement signed by China Resources Development Inc. and the Neijiang Municipal People's Government in November 2009. The former invested 3.2 billion yuan into Neijiang's Niupengzi area to construct a 5,000-acre recycling base.
The location was chosen mainly for its economies of scale and distribution capacity, according to the CEO of China Resources Guan Aiguo. The 240 existing scrap dealing businesses in Niupengzi can now focus on business management, as they move into the base and receive advice from the industry management.
Scrap dealers in Niupengzi
One of such enterprises was started by Fan Qingde in 2000. His company collects scrap mainly from Luzhou, Yibin and other places.
"I deal with customers from Sichuan and beyond, earning more than 100,000 yuan a year," he said.
The scrap dealers around the Niupengzi area collect scraps from Chongqing, Yunnan, Shaanxi, Henan and other regions for reprocessing and sell the materials to more than 10 provincial cities in the country. Such operations generated 3,000 jobs with the annual trade of RMB5 billion from the 1.5 million tonnes of materials.
Advanced reprocessing methods
The introduction of advanced production line methods will reduce the number of laborers needed for reprocessing two to three tones of bottles from 20 to two.
The park features holistic supply chains of collection, sorting, dismantling, material processing, final manufacturing and safe disposal processes.
Currently, it can process 1.85 million tonnes of renewable waste through dismantling two million sets of waste electrical and electronic products and 50,000 scrapped vehicles.
First phase of development
The first phase of