Global waste production is predicted to rise by 70 per cent by 2050

The biggest waste producers worldwide: Sensonseo Global Waste Index 2019

In September 2018, the World Bankannounced that our global waste production is predicted to rise by 70 per cent by 2050unless we take urgent action. Humankind currently produces two billion tonnes of waste per year between 7.6 billion people.Population increase may be part of the problem, but it’s levels of consumption within a handful of developed nations, and their gross mismanagement of waste, that have led to this environmental catastrophe. The United Statesis the biggest generator of waste per capita worldwide, with each citizen producing an average of 808 kilograms per year – almost a tonne – and more than double that of citizens of Japan. However, as the Global Waste Index highlights, it’s not just the generation of waste that will threaten our planet in the upcoming decades – but the way we choose to manage it.

The Global Waste Index offers a comprehensive breakdown of the most environmentally-friendly methods of waste management. It ranks the 36 countries within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) according to how effectively they manage their waste per capita.