Unless urgent measures are taken, the volume of garbage worldwide will increase by 70% until 2050 and will reach 3.4 billion tonnes. This was announced by the World Bank, according to a report released yesterday.
“Bad waste management damages the human health and the environment in addition to climate problems”, said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President responsible for Sustainable Development.
Although rich countries account for only 16% of the world’s population, they produce more than a third (34%) of the planet’s waste.
East Asia and the Pacific region account for nearly a quarter (23%) of all waste.
Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to triple and South Asia to double the volume of waste it produces by 2050.
The World Bank recommends providing financial assistance to countries most in need of developing waste management systems, as well as supporting initiatives to reduce the use of plastics and to reduce food waste.
Since 2000, the World Bank has invested more than 4.7 billion USD in waste management programs around the world.