Salzburg skaters using plastic instead of ice

Filed under: Industry News — Posted by: Daniel on November 21, 2012

During the Christmas period, it usually traditional in many of the cities that celebrate the holiday across the world to construct an ice rink in the city centre. Hundreds of people then flock to have a go, sharing in the festive spirit. However, this year, Salzburg has constructed a rink with a twist. Instead of using real ice, skaters will be skating on plastic instead to reduce energy.

For the past 11 years, the Austrian city has provided an ice rink during Advent for skaters to enjoy up until the New Year. For the first time this year, the construction is using artificial ice which uses considerably less energy. The artificial rink does not need to be cooled, it eliminates generator noises, and it also cuts energy costs significantly, making it a lot easier to manage.

For the launch on Saturday, November 9, members of Salzburg Skating Club turned up to test out the new rink. One of the young skaters said the plastic is slower to move along, which might take some getting used to, but overall the feedback seemed to be positive. It was said that normal jumps and tricks could still be executed, and one of the skaters added those who slipped over at least stayed dry.

There are many uses for plastic nowadays, and it is fast becoming a highly popular material. As it cannot biodegrade on its own, it is more useful if it is reused or recycled. For example, many companies use custom size plastic sheets for their needs, and waste from this is generally reused for something similar.

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