3recyclinginternational.com | September/October | 2019
This issue of Recycling International con-
tains a story about Lim Teck Siang from
Singapore, owner of the Kim Hock metal
recycling company. He collects and pro-
cesses ferrous metals and sends it to
Vietnam and Indonesia.
At first sight, nothing extraordinary or
exciting: he’s just running the sort of
business most of you are familiar with.
But when I visited the Kim Hock yard
one Saturday morning and entered Teck
Siang’s office, the first thing I saw was a
big motorcycle, parked in reception. The
owner was a man with a big smile and a
twinkle in his eyes. He had parked the
motorbike in his office just for fun.
Teck Siang guided me around and
proudly showed off the biomass energy
plant he has built next to the scrap yard.
The plant delivers electricity for the
entire recycling operation. He had devel-
oped the installation himself. Why, I
asked? ‘It’s the future and it’s fun,’ he
said, again with a twinkle in his eyes.
Of course, Teck Siang had ensured there
would be a return of investment. But he
didn’t build the plant for the money. As
a young man, Teck Siang travelled to the
US during his summer holidays and visit-
ed recyclers, seeing how they had
invented new technologies. It inspired
him to build on the business and enter-
prise his father had founded 50 years
Teck Siang is a serious entrepreneur. But
he is like a kid in how he approaches
business. The scrap yard is his play-
ground and it’s fun.
I wish you all fun in your own play-
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