The world’s city dwellers are fast producing more and more trash ina “looming crisis” that will pose huge financial and environmentalburdens, the World Bank warned Wednesday. Urban specialists said the growing pile of trash from urbandwellers is as daunting as global warming and the costs will beespecially high in poor countries, mainly in Africa. In a report on “a relatively silent problem that is growing daily,”the World Bank estimated city dwellers will generate a waste pileof 2.2 billion tonnes a year by 2025, up 70 percent from today’slevel of 1.3 billion tonnes. In the meantime, the cost of solid waste management is projected tosoar to $375 billion a year, from the current $205 billion. Natural False Eyelashes
Billing the report, “What a Waste: A Global Review of Solid WasteManagement” as the first worldwide comprehensive look at trash, theWorld Bank warned the data points to crisis ahead, as livingstandards rise and urban populations soar. “The challenges surrounding municipal solid waste are going to beenormous, on a scale of, if not greater than, the challenges we arecurrently experiencing with climate change,” said Dan Hoornweg, asenior urban specialist at the development lender and co-author ofthe report. “This report should be seen as a giant wake-up call to policymakers everywhere,” he said. China, which eclipsed the United States as the world’s largestwaste maker in 2004, generates 70 percent of the trash in the EastAsia-Pacific region. Glitter False Eyelashes Manufacturer
China, other parts of East Asia, and parts of Eastern Europe andthe Middle East have the fastest-growing production of municipalsolid waste. The World Bank economists called for better waste management andrecycling to combat greenhouse gas emissions, saying the oldconcept of “throwing away” trash no longer works. “In solid waste management there is no ‘away,'” the authors said. “When ‘throwing away’ waste, system complexities and the integratednature of materials and pollution are quickly apparent.” The report’s authors recommended a waste management plan thatincludes input from all of a city’s stakeholders, including citizengroups and the poor and disadvantaged. Feather False Eyelashes Manufacturer
The report also pointed to recycling and other measures to reducegreenhouse gas emissions that come from inefficient solid wastemanagement practices. “Improving solid waste management, especially in the rapidlygrowing cities of low-income countries, is becoming a more and moreurgent issue,” said Rachel Kyte, vice president, SustainableDevelopment at the World Bank. “The findings of this report are sobering,” she said. “But they also offer hope that once the extent of this issue isrecognized, local and national leaders, as well as theinternational community, will mobilize to put in place programs toreduce, reuse, recycle, or recover as much waste as possible beforeburning it — and recovering the energy — or otherwise disposingof it.”.