Recycling sector development and automation in Turkey
With regards to the recycling sector in Turkey, Vedat Kılıç adds; “The Turkish industry produces about 75-80 million tons of waste per annum. As for domestic wastes, the daily amount of personal waste reaches 1.1 kg. Therefore, the amount of domestic waste produced every year is estimated to be 33- 35 million tons. Such volumes of domestic waste include 7-8 million tons of recyclable waste comprising metal, black glass, aluminium and plastic, of which 1-1.5% by weight of the total household waste is HDPE. However, to our regret, only 1-1.5 million tons can be collected, recycled and brought back in the loop. The remaining 6-6.5 million tons become garbage and are not given a second, third or fourth life. This is turn proves to be a big loss for our sector.
Although the recycling sector in Turkey keep growing, there is still a raw material shortage which leads us to continue importing waste as raw material. This is one of the reasons, why we attach great importance to using sorting technologies which can extract valuable materials from mixed waste streams and thus ensure the production of high quality recyclates. To attain these objectives, we invested in the leading optical sorting technologies of TOMRA. Thanks to the machine’s high performances, we can realize high levels of output and greater recovery, which in the end is a factor that boost our profitability.”
Ready for increased input triggered by deposit systems
Stating that they have made 120 million TL of investment in waste management sector in the last five years, Burkasan Chairman of the Board Vedat Kılıç drew attention to the compulsory deposit practice intended to start in 2021; “Since this practice will trigger a fast increase in the rate of waste collection in our country, there is a need for high-capacity facilities where the collected beverage bottles can be sorted and recycled. Therefore we designed our new plant with the requirements of the deposit system in mind. This is one of the reasons why we preferred TOMRA machines. We planned to get ready for the future with high technology investments.”
Vedat Kılıç mentioned that with the investment in this new plant, all the facilities operated by Burkasan, including the new one, now process a total volume of about 15 thousand tons of materials per month. Detailing the operation in the new plant he added: “We have plans for our new plastic recycling plant to process 2.500 tons of waste material per month and to thus obtain a minimum of 1.500 tons of high purity PET flakes and HDPE granules. It is so hardly impossible to realize the same level of capacity and purity with manual sorting, regardless of the number of workers.
Especially in times of the current pandemic and the need to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines, manual sorting turns out to be a very challenging and costly method while product quality cannot be guaranteed. We can gladly say, that we overcome all these problems with TOMRA sorting machines which sort our incoming materials precisely and prepare it for being supplied to our global customers. With TOMRA we can achieve 99 percent purity.”