Şah Marketplace in Çatalköy is a store that makes a difference as the owners have a passion about re-cycling for the benefit of the environment and future generations.
The Şah Marketplace has been open for just a couple of months but their recycling plant – Greenwise Environmental Ltd, in Lefkoşa, has been operational for some 3 years and we will be visiting soon to see how they deal with newspapers, plastic and aluminium/metal cans, just a small part of the huge amount of waste that litters our island but a start at least to combat it.
The owners, Ali Şah and his siblings, are passionate about preserving the environment in North Cyprus and wanted to do something beneficial and so the recycling plant was established. The waste products they deal with at the moment are batteries, newspapers, including those not sold from the distributors, plastic bottles and bags, aluminium drink cans and metal food cans. At the rear of the Çatalköy store there are bins to collect these products and they are sorted and then taken to the Lefkoşa plant for processing.
The recycling plant presses and bales the waste products and it is then exported to South Cyprus. Under the Greenline Trading Agreement this is the route which has to be taken and the bales are sent to one of about three processing units in the South and from there the recycled material is exported to Europe, Africa and wherever there is a demand for waste material to be manufactured into new products. Ali said that for every ton of paper which they recycle, 20 adult trees are saved. Currently the Şah recycling company are in the process of installing new machinery which will give a larger and more efficient capacity. Unfortunately at this time it is not possible to recycle glass due to the type of processing required.
North Cyprus has a long way to go but with the foresight of a company which wants to create an environment to be proud of at least something is being done and it is up to us, the human race, to do what we can to help the process. In September Ali is hoping to be able to invite school children from local schools to educate them in matters of the environment and recycling and in turn they will educate their parents. This is a good place to start, with the young generation being educated to respect and appreciate what they have in this beautiful part of the world.