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With more visitors heading to Cyprus than ever, the Mediterranean island's waste disposal system is under pressure, despite efforts to cut landfill use and encourage recycling, waste management and tourism, experts say.Cyprus – seen as a regional safe spot shielded from the unrest that has hit other popular Mediterranean destinations – hosted a record 3.2 million visitors last year and looks set to top that by eight percent in 2017, official figures show.Cyprus landfilled some 79 percent of its municipal waste in 2013, according to the latest figure available on Eurostat, far above the European Union average of just 28 percent.Kyriakos Parpounas of Green Dot, a waste management firm that deals with the vast majority of recycling in Cyprus, said tourists' waste output was equivalent to adding 300,000 permanent residents to the country's 866,000 population.The country still only recycles 19 percent of its waste, far lower than the European average of 44 percent.Parpounas was speaking at one of two Green Dot sorting warehouses in Cyprus.
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