After more than 300,000 tonnes of card packaging is thrown away and the equivalent of 2 million turkeys, our Christmas waste is overwhelming. The average household produces more than a tonne of waste every year – and it’s during the festive period that we waste the most.
Despite pushes for recycling and responsible resource use globally, waste is still a major problem virtually everywhere. But which country produces the most waste?
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.
The top producers of waste are small island nations. These include:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- Sri Lanka
Waste accumulation in places like Kuwait, Antigua and Sri Lanka lack proper landfills to dispose of all the waste, and unfortunately none of these countries have the necessary infrastructure for proper sanitation and waste removal. On the flip side, the more urbanised and industrialised a country become, the more waste it produces.
The top producers in the developed world are:
- New Zealand
- United States
Are you doing enough to recycle, reduce and reuse? Make sure this Christmas isn’t a wasteful one!