8 Countries that Produce the Most Garbage in the World

The amount of urban waste being produced is growing faster than the rate of urbanization, according to the World Bank’s report. By 2025 there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 1.42kg of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day – more than double the current average of 0.64kg per day. Annual worldwide urban waste is estimated to more than triple, from 0.68 to 2.2 billion tonnes per year. Insidermonkey experts made a list of the 8 countries that produce the most garbage in the world.

The countries producing the least urban waste were Ghana (0.09kg) and Uruguay (0.11kg). 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.’ You can also check our list of 8 countries that produce the most honey in the world.

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