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World champion of garbage

Friday, March 11 2016

A WORLD Bank report has placed tiny Trinidad and Tobago on top of the world in terms of generating garbage per capita.

No mean feat considering this Caribbean country has a population of roughly 1.3 million persons. Consider Sri Lanka, an island nation of 20 million people, which is fifth on the list.

World Bank statistics show that the twin-island nation generates 14.4 kilogrammes of municipal solid waste per capita per day – 12 times the world average of 1.2 kg. Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, St Lucia, and Guyana were also among the top generators of municipal solid waste.

The World Bank defines municipal solid waste as including non-hazardous waste generated in households, commercial and business establishments, institutions, and non-hazardous industrial process wastes, agricultural wastes and sewage sludge. In practice, specific definitions vary across jurisdictions.

Here’s the list of countries generating the highest levels of per capita household waste in the world, based on the municipal waste management data compiled by Worldatlas.com.

Trinidad and Tobago, 14.4 kilogrammes per capita per day The islands situated just north of South America and encompass a total area of 1,980 square miles. The country is composed of nine regions and one ward, with over a million people calling the nation their home. The landscape of Trinidad and Tobago is made up of forests, coastal regions, savannas, and freshwater rivers, as well as numerous man-made attractions. A lack of recycling facilities has contributed to the country’s dire waste management issues.

One of the most pressing environmental concerns on the islands is the pervasiveness of littering, which has caused rises in mosquito reproduction, as well as problems with rain water drainage. These in turn have contributed to conditions which have allowed for widespread flooding. Discarded plastic, which is especially harmful to a variety of sea life, including gulls, turtles, and fish, is also a major problem in the waters surrounding Trinidad and Tobago.

The country’s main dump is located off the Beetham Highway on the outskirts of the nation’s capital Port-of-Spain.

From time to time, fires from mounds of refuse in this massive dump have blanketed the country’s capital in thick plumes of smoke. Other notable produucers of garbage include Kuwait, 5.72 kilos per capita per day; Antigua, 5.50 kilos per capita per day; St Kitts and Nevis, 5.45 kilos per capita per day; Guyana, 5.33 kilos per capita per day; Sri Lanka, 5.10 kilos per capita per day; Barbados, 4.75 kilos per capita per day and St Lucia, 4.35 kilos per capita per day. (Caribbean360.

com)

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