Global garbage crisis looming, say experts

Landfills such as Bordo Poniente in Mexico City, Mexico, Laogang in Shanghai, China, and Jardim Gramacho in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, each receives more than 10,000 tonnes of waste per day.

Global News

TORONTO – Not many of us think about where the garbage we leave at the end of the driveway or drop down a chute ends up.

But as our global population increases, so does urbanization, consumerism, and the amount of garbage we produce.

The result? The world’s garbage crisis is coming to a peak.

In 1900, there were 220 million people living in cities, which generated fewer than 300,000 tonnes of solid waste, including food waste, packaging and other household items.

One hundred years later, more than 2.9 billion people lived in cities and generated three million tonnes.

The concern over solid waste management is a problem that has far-reaching consequences. And Canada is one of the worst offenders in the world.

According to Statistics Canada, in 2010, our country produced 24,883,546 tonnes of garbage, only slightly down from the 2008 number of 25,907,467. Ontario and Quebec were the…

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