OK so let’s just say for argument’s sake that there really is a global garbage crisis. And it’s not the point of this article to prove that there is one. All over the world, populations are growing and becoming more affluent, consuming more goods and producing more waste.
The United States is the top country for producing waste, with a whopping 4.6 pounds of waste per person, per day. While only 55% of that is attributable to residential garbage, that’s still 2.5 pounds a day for each of us.