Although the volume of waste generated across the U.S. and worldwide grows each year, there are still insufficient waste management solutions, such as landfills or comprehensive recycling, to counter the negative effects this amount of waste can have on the environment. According to World Bank statistics (http://nnw.fm/NakH7), there are currently over 1.3 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated on a global scale, and this number is expected to almost double in the next decade, reaching 2.2 billion tons by 2025. This increase represents a significant hike in per capita generation rates, from 2.6 to 3.13 kilograms per person per day by 2025.
The figure varies from one region to another, depending directly on affluence, local income, industrialization, state of economy and other factors. The United States, for instance, is responsible for approximately 258 million tons of MSW, according to 2014 figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to Duke University statistics (http://nnw.fm/n6HTv), the average person in the U.S. generates more than…
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