Business – Derek Thompson – 2.6 Trillion Pounds of Garbage: Where Does the World’s Trash Go? – The Atlantic

7 Jun

This year, the world will generate 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage — the weight of about 7,000 Empire State Buildings. What kind of trash is it? Where does it all go?

The answer is that just under half of it comes from “organic” waste — food, mostly — and most of it goes into landfills, according to a new report this week from the World Bank. Here’s that story in pie charts, provided by the report.

The rest of the article consists of pie charts showing distribution of trash. Half is produced by the OECD countries  while Africa and South Asia produce the least.

via Business – Derek Thompson – 2.6 Trillion Pounds of Garbage: Where Does the World’s Trash Go? – The Atlantic.

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