Every year, the summer sun, sea and sand attract growing numbers of tourists to the European island state of Cyprus. In addition to great sales for the tourism industry, they also generate steadily growing mountains of waste. Tourists are clearly not the sole contributors, but according to current figures, Cyprus has the second highest amount of waste per capita in the EU after Denmark.
Austrian company Starlinger GmbH is a global market leader in the field of machinery and process technology for the recycling and production of woven plastic sacks. Since 1987 the company has manufactured and supplied recycling lines for plastics, and in 2002 established a recycling technology division. This division includes innovative machine solutions for the efficient recycling of a wide range of plastics, including PE, PP, PA, PS, PET and others. Starlinger says they employ a range of recycling technologies and well proven and established machinery, a key component of which is their metal detection supplied by S+S Separation and Sorting Technology GmbH.
Ice River Springs, based out of Feversham, Ontario, is a leading North American bottled water company with manufacturing plants in eight locations throughout Canada and the United States. Since October, 2010, the company has been successfully operating a new PET recycling plant, where they produce their own resin and a 100 percent recycled PET (r-PET)water bottle.