Global Waste

Brianna Sloop, IV Leader Staff Writer

     A huge issue in today’s world is the large amount of waste that is produced by humans all across the globe. China, the most heavily populated country, produces the most waste in the world weighing about 300,000,000 tons of waste per year. The United States is not too far behind China, producing 228,614,990 tons of waste per year. India produces the third highest amount of waste, weighing 226,572,283 tons of waste per year. The large amount of human waste is slowing destroying the environment we know and love today.

           In 2015, the World Bank, which is an international organization that is affiliated with the United Nations, predicted that by the year 2050 global waste will increase by at least 40 percent unless humans around the world take immediate action. It was also predicted that the world will probably not reach the garbage limit until the year 2100. If the amount of waste produced keeps increasing as it does now the world will be in trouble. Oceans will continue to flood with trash and waste, destroying many underwater ecosystems. In order to avoid flooding the oceans, countries have resorted to burning the garbage, this idea may be better for the oceans directly but still harms the world by generating air pollution. We can all contribute to helping decrease global waste in many ways, including reducing our food waste, reducing toxic waste and limiting our landfill contributions.

     Limiting food waste would mean consumers buying smart, preserving food, and saving leftovers. Toxic waste is a waste that can harm humans, animals, and the environment. To reduce toxic waste pay attention to the everyday items bought at the store and consider a better solution. For example, use paints that do not contain lead and try not to buy products that require batteries. Simple things like reusing a shopping bag, using composting bins, or even using cloth instead of paper towels would drastically limit our landfill contributions.