The amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanisation. According to the World Bank, by 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of waste per day – more than double the current average of 0.64kg per day.
Despite pushes for recycling and responsible resource use globally, waste is still a major problem virtually everywhere. Annual worldwide urban waste is estimated to more than triple, from 0.68 to 2.2 billion tonnes per year. More commonly known rubbish or trash, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) consists of everyday items such as product packaging, grass clippings, food scraps, and newspapers.
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Top 20 countries that produce the most waste
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Municipal Solid Waste is a serious global concern with direct impact on human health and environment.
Does your country do enough to recycle, reduce and reuse?
*The World Bank defines municipal solid waste as including non-hazardous waste generated in households, commercial and business establishments, institutions, and non-hazardous industrial process wastes, agricultural wastes and sewage sludge.