Global waste is increasing significantly with each passing day. A recent report, appropriately titled “What a Waste 2.0”, determines that global production of solid waste will increase from 2.01 to 3.4 billion tons per year by 2050, an increase of almost 70%.
Each year, an estimated 11.2 billion tons of solid waste are collected worldwide, according to the UN Environment Program (UNEP), an initiative that coordinates the UN's environmental activities and assists developing countries in implementing related policies and practices. The UNEP cautions that, aside from the ultimate minimization of waste, new methods for the recovery of materials and energy from debris, as well as manufacturing and recycling waste into usable products, are imperative in order to realize real progress in this area.
Despite the global awareness and individual willingness to find solutions through recycling, energy-saving technology, and the reduction of food waste, the problem perseveres.