The U.S. also only recycles 35% of its garbage.
All of that plastic, food and other garbage piling up is not being recycled either. Americans only reuse 35% of the solid waste they produce.
This poor report card comes from Verisk Maplecroft, a research firm that specializes in global risk, which has developed two new indices — on waste generations and recycling — according to a BBC report.
The study also found that China and India, which make up over 36% of the world’s population, produce 27% of the world’s solid waste.
The United States was singled out for its inability, relative to other developed nations, to recycle its waste.
“Where the US is doing badly is the relationship between what it generates and its capacity to recycle,” said Niall Smith, one of the authors of the report.
“And relative to its high income peers, that’s where it is performing poorly.”
The banning of waste imports to China, Thailand, Vietnam an Malaysia, leave countries like the United States and Canada with nowhere to put their garbage and recyclables.
“A lot of US waste – now that it can’t get shipped to China – is just getting burnt, there just isn’t the investment in place in infrastructure to deal with this problem,” Will Nichols, head of environmental research at Verisk Mapelcroft told the BBC.
“They (Asian countries) don’t want to be the world’s dumping ground anymore,” said Nichols.
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