What a Waste 2.0

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What a Waste 2.0
Type: Report
Year: 2018
Language: English
Country: Multi-country
A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050

The aim of this report is to share objective waste management data and trends, as well as good and unique international practices, with the hope of improving waste management globally and enabling the optimal use of limited resources.

Solid waste management is a universal issue affecting every single person in the world. Individuals and governments make decisions about consumption and waste management that affect the daily health, productivity, and cleanliness of communities. Poorly managed waste is contaminating the world’s oceans, clogging drains and causing flooding, transmitting diseases via breeding of vectors, increasing respiratory problems through airborne particles from burning of waste, harming animals that consume waste unknowingly, and affecting economic development such as through diminished tourism. Unmanaged and improperly managed waste from decades of economic growth requires urgent action at all levels of society.

This current edition of What a Waste includes 217 countries and economies and 367 cities. The projections for waste generation use the most comprehensive database available to date to determine how waste generation dynamically changes based on changes in economic development and population growth. The metrics included in this report expand from solid waste management generation, composition, collection, treatment, and disposal to include information on financing and costs, institutional arrangements and policies, administrative and operational models, citizen engagement, special wastes, and the informal sector.