Many Americans might not necessarily realize it, but the world is currently facing big problems when it comes to waste management.
Specifically, many countries like the U.S. are creating far too much waste and filling up landfills at an alarming rate. While America has regular trash pickup in most parts of the country, which is more than can be said for other nations, the U.S. produced more than 254 million tons of waste in 2013 alone, according to the Los Angeles Times, which is far too much waste for one single country. And the world as a whole is currently generating about 1 billion tons of waste per year, with that number expected to soar to 4 billion over the next 80 years. Clearly, many countries are being too wasteful, and it is having adverse effects on the environment.
Unfortunately, there are also many countries throughout the world that don’t have the same kind of access to waste pickup as the U.S. and other developed countries. As a result, these countries are adding to a much different problem. They are often relying on illegal dumpsites to get rid of their waste, which is causing pollution to become problematic. The World Bank estimates that about 4 billion people worldwide use these sites, and they are polluting rivers, groundwater, sewage systems, and more in the process. They are also leading diseases to spread quickly in many of these countries and causing many health concerns.
What is the solution to these problems? In the first case, Americans and other countries need to make more of an effort to stop discarding so much stuff. By recycling and reusing items, they can help cut down on the amount of waste that is being created. In the second case, underdeveloped countries need to be given the tools that are necessary to manage waste effectively. It will help cut down on pollution and make these countries healthier places to live. Overall, there is so much work that needs to be done to fix the world’s waste management problems, and while it’s going to take a lot of time and effort, it needs to be done if we all want to avoid the potentially catastrophic side effects of these problems.
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