What the world thinks about waste

Waste management is a global issue.

The waste we throw out each day has impacts that linger long after we throw it away.

Plastics become microplastics, ending up in the environment, and into our food chain.

Putrescible waste ends up decomposing, and adding to the greenhouse effect. 

And the sad fact is, the more we waste, the more we have consumed. According to the World Wildlife Fund, each year the Human race consumes 1.6 times what the planet can actually produce. 

And the population is increasing – along with the impact.

What can be done about this? 

Lets start with a quick look at waste outputs across different countries for some perspective.

An average kg of solid waste per person/day ratio in major economies such as: US 2.58kg, Australia: 2.23 kg, Japan 1.71kg, and China 1.02kg.

This infographic shows the view of different nations regarding understanding and handling waste management.

Source: Visual Capitalist

Infographic describing the way the world thinks about waste

Did You Know: E Waste
The world produces over 50 million tonnes of E- Waste annually. And its increasing rapidly, thanks to our insatiable appetite for technology.

To put it in perspective, each year the amount of E waste made equals the weight of every commercial plane ever built. It also equals the weight of 1000 Sydney Harbour Bridges. Just imagine 1000 Sydney Harbour Bridges being built AND THROWN OUT each year!

Did You Know: Plastic Waste
Recycling one tonne of plastic saves:

  • 5,774 Kwh of energy,
  • 3 barrels of oil
  • 98 million BTU’s of energy

To put that in perspective, one ton of plastic is around 25,000 plastic bottles..

When you also consider that about 905 of the trash in our seas and oceans is plastic and this almost never breaks down, getting our plastic waste managed better is critical for not only our oceans survival but also our Planets!

Did You Know: The more it costs to tip waste the less we produce

A great example of this is what happened in South Korea. In 1995, the government brought in bags that people had to pay for in order to be able to dispose of waste. It varied on area and on the local cost of disposal. Over the next 20 years, the amount of waste per capita fell by about 35%, from 1.3kilos per person per day to 0.95 kilos in 2014


Did You Know: Food Waste
In the years before 2020, Australia generated approximately 8.2 million tonnes of food waste was created annually. 

We still aren’t that great at recycling this, so most of it ends up in the bin and goes to landfill.

Once it does, food waste decomposes in a mostly anaerobic environment. As there is no oxygen it cannot break down into Carbon Dioxide (CO2)

If this happens, it turns into Methane  (CH4) – a greenhouse gas 25 times stronger than CO2

In South Korea, approximately 97 percent of food waste is recycled. Could we learn something from this?

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