Photograph taken by a fisherman from Kinondoni, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The picture is of urban waste, a growing problem in Dar-es-Salaam.”If the council was to make an effort the garbage would not be there, the drainage would be in proper condition. And that way there would be dustbins for people to throw garbage and for the garbage vehicles to collect them in time before they overflow.” Captions and Photo source: ©© BBC World Service
A new, far-reaching report on the state of municipal solid waste around the world predicts a sharp rise in the amount of garbage generated by urban residents between now and 2025.
The report estimates the amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) will rise from the current 1.3 billion tonnes/year to 2.2 billion tonnes/year, with much of the increase coming in rapidly growing cities in developing countries.
The annual cost of solid waste management is projected to rise from the current $205 billion to $375 billion, with cost increasing most severely in low income countries…