A very good article from Dan Hoornweg on the What a Waste: A Global Review of Solid Waste Management report that released two weeks ago from the World Bank.
Very briefly, the report examines and summarises the increasingly difficult and complex problem of waste.
Our cities generate enormous amounts of waste, and they’re just getting started – volumes will likely to increase beyond 2100, and we should plan for about a peak volume, four times what we have today. In today’s dollars, annual waste management costs will eventually exceed $1 trillion, and this cost is almost entirely borne by cities (this amount, for example, eclipses any sort of financial contributions to deal with climate change now being discussed within UNFCCC negotiations). Clearly we have a problem. But why is this particularly relevant to the climate change community?