Monday 21 Jun 2021

Waste Management for Everyone

The current annual Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation is estimated to 1.9 billion tonnes with almost the 30% of it to remain uncollected. As for the collected MSW, 70% is led to landfills and dumpsites, 19% is recycled or recovered and 11% is led to energy recovery facilities. The number of people that lacks access even to the most elementary Waste Management (WM) services is estimated to at least 3.5 billion. If we continue with a Business as Usual practice, the situation seems to worsen significantly, with forecasts to estimate that the population that will have no access to Waste Management services in 2050 --->will be around 5.6 billion!!

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We have looked at some facts and figures of some Caribbean countries and some countries on the outskirts of this region. It shocked us to learn that the recycle rate in the Caribbean and outskirts is very low or doesn't exist. To give you an idea of the waste disposal methods some countries have and how much tons of waste to process, we have put together some figures for you.

A few definitions are:
t = ton
t/yr = tons per year
MSW = Municipal Solid Waste
ton/km2 = The amount of the municipal solid waste generated in a country divided by country's area, expressed in tons per square kilometer (tons/km2)
$/yr = GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity (PPP). PPP GDP is gross domestic product converted to international dollars using purchasing power parity rates. An international dollar has the same purchasing power over GDP as the U.S. dollar has in the United States. GDP at purchaser's prices is the sum of gross value added by all resident producers in the economy plus any product taxes and minus any subsidies not included in the value of the products. It is calculated without making deductions for depreciation of fabricated assets or for depletion and degradation of natural resources. Data are in current international dollars.

Waste Management:  landfil
Area:  14.2 ha
Amount of waste disposed:  2,200,000 t
Annual capacity:  100,000 t/yr

Waste Management

MYCT is ready for recycle action! Are you?

Author: MyCaribTrader
Posted: Week 35 - 2015
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