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Visualizing the Global Landfill Crisis
In a world that generates 2 billion tonnes of waste every year, landfill management has become a global concern.
Reusing, remanufacturing, and recycling materials have become essential in minimizing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
The above infographic from Northstar Clean Technologies highlights how waste management has become a multibillion-dollar industry opportunity.
The Largest Contributor to Global Waste
The world produces enough solid waste to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools every year. Waste generated per person averages 0.74 kilograms per day.
Below, we show the regions that generate the most waste, measured in millions of tonnes. Asia, Europe, and North America are the top waste generators, respectively.
|Region||2016 Waste Generation (Millions of tonnes)||2030 Waste Generation (P)||2050 Waste Generation (P)|
|Middle East and North Africa||129||177||255|
|Latin American and Caribbean||231||290||369|
|Europe and Central Asia||392||440||490|
|East Asia and Pacific||468||602||714|
The U.S. ranks number one in per-capita waste by country, producing 12% of the world’s trash despite only accounting for 4% of its population.
On average, a U.S. resident produces over three times as much waste as a Chinese resident and seven times more than a person living in Ethiopia.
Approximately half of the 230 million tonnes of yearly waste in the U.S. will meet its final resting (Read more...)