2,500 tons of paper is recycled in a month at the plant. RETEK Selülöz Geri Kazanım Endüstri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. Chairman and Senior Mechanical Engineer Mr. Polat Güven stated that 45 people are employed at the plant covering 10 thousand square meters, whereas around 500 people are now employed in paper and plastic collection sector in the region. In the field of recycling, Turkey comes 10 years ahead of France and 5 years ahead of the USA, Güven said, adding that RETEK was the second highest taxpayer in the district until 2009 when a fire destroyed the plant. RETEK pays nearly 3 million TL worth of VAT per annum, he announced, and delivered the following remarks: “Most of the machines in the plant run with thermal and electric energy. Thanks to our collaboration with the Italian consultant on site, we closely follow the innovations put into use in Europe and introduce them to Retek plants. We use coal for thermal energy that contains very low sulfur levels, and the provincial directorate for environment measures emissions once in every 6 months. This all means that in no way do we harm the environment. A few months ago, we deactivated our flue system due to a failure caused by the system. We notified the provincial directorate of the situation. We also place great importance on human health. Therefore we purchased a fully-automatic boiler system operated by the personnel. There will be no environmental pollution thanks to this giant investment of 600 thousand TL. We plan to make greater investments in the upcoming periods”.
STUDENTS GAIN PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN RECYCLING
As a mechanical engineer, Mr. Güven underscored the extensive know-how of Retek in the field of recycling, talking about the students of many schools in the region who were encouraged and supported by Retek in an attempt to guide them in recycling classes and informed of recycling by having a plant tour.
There are only 20 to 25 paper recycling plants in Turkey, Güven stated, going on to say that RETEK is the only waste paper and plastic plant in Turkey. The plant that covers an area of 10 thousand square meters is insufficient for Retek, and despite their willingness, they are unable to find an available place in Organized Industrial Zone, according to Güven who delivered the following remarks: "We would like to grow more and create more employment. Although we are the only plant of its kind in Turkey, not a single authority has visited us to find out what our requests are. They are always after foreign investors. They are not particularly interested in doing what it takes for local investors to grow. This is something that well deserves a thought.”