It is a common assumption that countries with the largest populations produce maximum amounts of garbage; nothing grossly wrong about the assumption as more people obviously means more usage of resources and more waste produce. However, what really provides the correct picture of how much garbage each country produces is to take a closer look at waste produce per capita. If a country houses lesser population but per capita garbage is high, it is a measure of how much more that country needs to do to curb garbage production and save the environment.
Municipal solid waste management (MSW) is the most important service a city or state or nation can provide. MSW, or trash, is waste generated from companies, buildings, institutions, small businesses, houses, and yards. Waste is disposed of by placing it in landfills, incinerating, composting, or recycling it. Management of municipal waste is the largest budget item for cities, and it employs many workers.
Solid waste management affects every single person in the world, whether individuals are managing their own waste or governments are providing waste management services to their citizens. As nations and cities urbanise, develop economically, and grow in terms of population, the World Bank estimates that waste generation will increase from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2016 to 3.40 billion tonnes in 2050. At least 33% of this waste is mismanaged globally today through open dumping or burning.
What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050 includes global, regional, and urban trends on solid waste management from technical and operational trends to environmental and social impacts.
Here’s a look at countries that produce maximum garbage per capita. This data has been arrived at after careful analysis of the latest data available from the World Bank report. The analysis includes 217 countries and economies. Where does India stand? Find out.
Countries That Produce the Most Waste