Worldwatch warns of the growth of garbage

The Worldwatch Institute has published a report as part of its Vital Signs: Global Trends that Shape the Future series entitled Municipal Solid Waste Growing.

The report makes clear that, despite the progress achieved by recycling and waste reduction initiatives, we have not beaten our serious garbage problem.

Highlights from the report:

  • OECD nations generate the greatest quantities of garbage, more than 2 kilograms per person per day. In South Asia, the rate is less than a quarter as much, under half a kilo per person.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that recycling 8 million tons of metals in the United States has eliminated more than 26 million tons of greenhouse gases—the equivalent of removing more than 5 million cars from the road for a year.
  • Each ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and the energy equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline compared with paper made from trees, in addition to requiring only half the water.

A synopsis of the report is at

The full report is available at , free for Worldwatch subscribers and $19.95 for everyone else.

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