The USA has become the top trash maker in the whole world. The US population is around 4% of the total population in the world, but it produces 12% of the entire world’s trash, which is more than India and China. Furthermore, the recycling process of the waste is terrible as it manages only a small percentage of trash.
With the refusal of many countries to take America’s mountains of garbage, the US could be headed towards a severe crisis. The trash continues saturating the oceans of the planet earth; it can bring devastating effects to the whole world in the near future.
According to a new report, the US recycles only 35% of its trash, which is far less than Germany that reuses 68% of its garbage. The US is dependant on shipping its waste to somewhere else in different countries.
The report further says, “The US is the only developed nation whose waste generation outstrips its ability to recycle, underscoring a shortage of political will and investment in infrastructure.”
The stats of this percentage of waste has been compiled by Maplecroft, a renowned UK-based global risk and strategic consulting firm. To identify and inform the world about the world’s worst polluters, this firm measured data of 194 countries about the waste generation and recycling performance.
China, being the largest populated country in the world, produces most trash by volume. However, it is among those countries that produce much less than its share of garbage by the percentage of the world’s population. China has recently heavily invested in to improve environmental conditions, whereas the United States is far behind to adapt in this regard.
The US is not dealing the environmental issues effectively, and its mountains of trash are amassing quickly. Donald Trump, the President of the United States, is also skeptical about environmental issues. He even called it a Chinese plot to stop or slower American manufacturing. Another report, in the last month, revealed that the military of the United States has become the single largest producer of greenhouse gases in the entire world.