The World Bank is raising a stink about a heaping mess that it says could be even more challenging than climate change: trash.
In a new report today, the bank estimates the total amount of garbage generated by urban residents around the world will surge to 2.2 billion tons a year in 2025 from today’s 1.3 billion tons per year. (That’s about 2.6 pounds per person per day now.) The annual cost of managing all that trash will nearly double to $375 billion, from $205 billion, with low-income countries seeing more than five-fold increases.
The World Bank calls the problem a “looming crisis.”
This time they’re talking about real garbage for a change, not the toxic financial kind.- Lee Adler