Jul 24, 2012
Some 1.3 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) are generated globally each year, a volume that is increasing rapidly as urbanization, mass consumption, and throw-away lifestyles become more prevalent worldwide. The volume of MSW generated globally is projected to double by 2025 as two drivers of garbage generation—prosperity and urbanization—continue to advance, particularly in developing countries. The trend poses serious environmental and health challenges to cities worldwide. To the extent that MSW is not treated as a resource—and in most countries it is not—it stands as an indicator of economic unsustainability.