Lhasa, Aug 23: Tibet has started operating its first renewable resources recycling market in Lhasa to reduce garbage, authorities said Friday.
“The market has filled the gap in Tibet in recycling renewable resources to change the current situation,” said Zhai Xincheng, secretary general of Tibet resource recycling association.
Currently, Tibet generates 350,000 tonnes of renewable waste and recycles only 200,000 tonnes annually, while most waste generated in Tibet is transported to other regions and recycled there, Xinhua reported.
“Inadequate and disordered recycling in Tibet has seriously affected the urban environment,” Zhai said.
With a total investment of $8.16 million, the market is designed to recycle 200,000 tonnes of resources annually, which includes metal, plastic and paper, according to Li Zhiqing, manager general of a local recycling company.
Li said the recycling would be done in an enclosed warehouse to avoid secondary pollution.