• Perla Tiburcio

Amount of waste is increasing worldwide


Kardivan Lohuizen traveled to six cities, including New York, Amsterdam, Lagos, San Paolo, Jakarta, and Tokyo, in order to analyze the numerous ways that these cities handle their waste and garbage. According to The Washington Post, the world produces more than 3.5 millions of tons of garbage a day, and these numbers continue to grow. Lohuizen concluded that New York throws away the largest amount of garbage, at close to 33 million tons per day.

Jakarta over the past years has grown economically; its waste ends up at Bantar, Gebang, which is one of the largest landfills containing waste, receiving 6,000 tons of trash a day. Jakarta doesn’t use incinerators and is running out of space to keep its garbage; this causes trash to end up in the many rivers in Jakarta Many of the cities like Jakarta have people who live on garbage piles and make their living there. They also have people who clean and separate the trash, creating a difficult work environment that leads to health problems.

The manner in which trash is disposed of has changed over the years due to changes in technology. Trash isn’t easy to get rid of anymore, with the fact that people throw away toys, electronics, and inorganic material.

Garbage dumpsters and incinerators are two of the most commonly used methods to get rid of waste. Garbage dumpsters cause methane to be trapped in the atmosphere, leading to problems for the environment and the health of many people. The United States, along with Africa and Asia, uses dumps to get rid of its waste. In Europe, incinerators are commonly used to dispose trash. Tokyo, as well, uses over 20 incinerators and states that it’s safe due to only disposing of organic material and by having an advanced filter system for damaging gases.

According to a study by the World Economic Forum, by 2050, many of the world’s oceans will contain plastic floating in their waters. In the United States, many fast food restaurants waste their unwanted and leftover foods, which is mostly organic, material making it the country with the most food wasted.