Recycling is yet another category in which the US lags behind other First World countries. Other areas include healthcare, guns, crime, obesity, income disparity, campaign financing, renewable energy, etc.

Not only do Americans produce three times more waste than people in other countries, but they also don't recycle as much. And, thanks to Donald pulling out of the Paris accord, the US doesn't need to be inconvenienced any longer about reducing the massive amount of pollution it's dumping on the rest of the world; it's the other countries that have to clean it up.

Should I just go ahead and presume that this is fine with Donald's MAGA supporters here? Sounds good to you, right? Of course. Why should you ever have to feel guilty or sorry about anything?

And as someone who lives outside the US, could I just say how much I admire your tenacity, and, oh, by the way, I'll be backing up a dump truck full of manure and rotten eggs in your front yard next week to see how you like it.


US Top of the Garbage Pile in Global Waste Crisis

The world produces over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, enough to fill over 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Per head of population the worst offenders are the US, as Americans produce three times the global average of waste, including plastic and food.

When it comes to recycling, America again lags behind other countries, only re-using 35% of solid waste.

Germany is the most efficient country, recycling 68% of material.

The study has been compiled by Verisk Maplecroft, a research firm that specialises in global risk,

They've developed two new indices, on waste generation and recycling.

They've used publicly available data, plus academic research to develop a global picture of how countries are coping at a time when the world is facing a mounting crisis, primarily driven by plastic.

The waste generation index shows per capita rates of municipal solid waste, plastic, food and hazardous materials.

Municipal solid waste is rubbish that's collected by local authorities from residential, institutional and commercial sources.

While the world produces 2.1bn tonnes of this rubbish every year, only 16% is recycled while 46% is disposed of unsustainably.

In the analysis, China and India make up over 36% of the global population and account for 27% of the waste.

US citizens produce 773kg per head of population, roughly 12% of the global total. Their output is three times that of their Chinese counterparts and seven times more than people living in Ethiopia.

Other European countries, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Germany, feature on the list. The UK ranks 14th in the waste index generating 482 kg of household waste per person every year.

The US is the only developed nation with waste generation that outstrips its ability to recycle.

"Where the US is doing badly is the relationship between what it generates and its capacity to recycle," said Niall Smith, one of the authors of the report.

"And relative to it's high income peers, that's where it is performing poorly."

When it comes to recycling in the US, the issue seems to be one of political will and infrastructure.

"I think you see in survey after survey that infrastructure in the US just isn't there to provide the recycling option," said Will Nichols, head of environmental research at Verisk Mapelcroft.

"A lot of US waste -- now that it can't get shipped to China -- is just getting burnt, there just isn't the investment in place in infrastructure to deal with this problem."

The banning of waste imports in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia is changing the global dynamic. There have been tensions between the government of the Philippines which sent back 69 shipping containers containing waste to Canada.

"They (Asian countries) don't want to be the world's dumping ground anymore," said Will Nichols.

"There's a growing middle class who are not happy with levels of pollution and China because of its political situation has the policy levers to address these issues more quickly than others."

The report suggests there may be a rocky road ahead, especially for businesses. Verisk Maplecroft expects governments to act on waste issues but with businesses footing the bill.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48838699





Remember: Generalissimo Donald is watching you. By the way, that's a real nice country you've got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it.


Tя☭mp, when he thinks back on all the suckers he scammed throughout his life who either did business with him or who voted for him.