Top 10 countries that produce the most waste


  1. The United States—325 million people

As of 2006, the United States produced around 236 million tons of waste annually. In 2007, the United States produced 254 million tons of garbage. Alarmingly, the average American throws away nearly 7 pounds of trash on a daily basis, according to PlanetThoughts. The U.S. consumes 30 percent of the world’s resources despite making up only 5 percent of the world’s population. It also produces 30 percent of the world’s waste. In only a year, Americans throw away around 26,800,000 tons of food, 8,550,000 tons of furniture and furnishings, 6,330,000 tons of clothing and footwear, and tons of other waste. Food, furniture and furnishings, and clothing and footwear are discarded the most. Unfortunately, 80 percent of all products that are produced in the United States are used only once and then discarded, and 95 percent of plastic and 50 percent of all of the aluminum beverage cans that are thrown away never get recycled.

  1. Russia: 147million

produces over 200 million tons of garbage every year. As of 2000, the amount of waste produced annually by Russia was estimated to be around 207.4 tons. The number has likely increased significantly between 2000 and now due to a growing middle class and capitalist society.

  1. Japan 127 million

Japan produces around 52.36 million tons of trash every year. Despite being number 3 on the list, recycling rates in Japan are high. In 2006, the recycling rate was 95 percent for steel cans, 90 percent for glass bottles, 89 percent for aluminum, 60 percent for paper, and 38 percent for paper containers for liquid.

  1. Germany 81 million

Germany produces approximately 48.84 tons of garbage each year. But each German citizen produces about 1/3 of the amount of garbage that the average U.S. citizen does.

  1. The United Kingdom 66 million

In the U.K., the amount of trash produced is even less than in Germany. Like Germans, the average British citizen produces less than 1/3 of the amount of trash produced by the average American. The United Kingdom’s 60 million people produce around 34.85 million tons of trash every year.

  1. Mexico 14 million

Mexico has an annual waste production of around 32.17 million tons.

  1. France 67 million

Like Mexico, France also produced an estimated amount of 32.17 million tons of trash. As a whole, France views recycling as important.

  1. Italy 61million

Italy produces around 29.74 million tons of waste annually.

  1. Spain 47 million

Spain produces 26.34 million tons of waste every year, which is about 1/3 the weight of garbage produced by each American.

  1. Turkey 80million

Turkey produces 25.99 million tons of garbage.

China is estimated to produce an annual amount of over 220 million tons of municipal waste. According to waste management expert Nie Yongfeng, paper, plastic, and other garbage has reached around 300 million tons a year. China will produce approximately 533 million tons of waste by 2030, which is a staggering amount. Unfortunately, consumption of packaged foods increased by 10.8 percent each year between 2000 and 2008. The packaged-food market is expected to increase to $195 billion by 2013. Preventative actions must be taken. Otherwise, China’s environmental problems are going to escalate dramatically.

By 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day – more than double the current average of 0.64kg per day.

Annual worldwide urban waste is estimated to more than triple, from 0.68 to 2.2 billion tonnes per year.(2012)

The worldwide average is 1.2kg.

New Zealand (3.68kg), Ireland (3.58kg), Norway (2.80kg), Switzerland (2.61kg) and the United States (2.58kg) were the top five producers in the developed world.

The countries producing the least urban waste were Ghana (0.09kg) and Uruguay (0.11kg).

The World Bank defines municipal solid waste as including ‘non-hazardous waste generated in households, commercial and business establishments, institutions, and non-hazardous industrial process wastes, agricultural wastes and sewage sludge. In practice, specific definitions vary across jurisdictions.’

municipal solid waste (MSW) per person per day,[1] with another study estimating 7.1 pounds per capita per day.[2] Fifty five percent of this waste is contributed as residential garbage, while the remaining forty five percent of waste in the U.S.’s ‘waste stream’ comes from manufacturing, retailing, and commercial trade in the U.S. economy.[3] Based on proprietary data released to the public, Nevada was named America’s “Most Wasteful State” for the years 2005-2010; where each resident threw away over 14 pounds of non-recycled, unreused items, often ending up into landfills and incinerators per day, eight pounds over the national state daily throwaway average. “Wasteful” states Michigan, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Oregon as well as Washington also dominated the list’s 5-year period.[4]

source–, planet thoughts, world economic forum, world bank,paul muggeridge,


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