What a Waste 2.0

The What a Waste 2.0 report provides a global snapshot of the current situation and future trends in solid waste management. By 2050, the world is expected to generate 3.4 billion tons of waste annually, up from the current level of 2 billion tons. Sub-Saharan Africa currently accounts for 9% of global waste (174 million tons) production, but its share is set to increase more rapidly than any other region given the high rate of urbanisation and population growth. Moreover, lower-income countries generally rely on open dumping; 93% of waste is dumped in low-income countries compared to only 2% in high-income countries. Setting up solid waste management practices will need to become a key priority for local authorities. However, they already spend, on average, nearly 20% of their local budgets on waste management. Their resources are limited and they lack capacity on planning, contract management and operational monitoring activities. Most low- and middle-income countries are struggling to address the ever-growing waste management challenges. The report provides estimates for waste generation for many African countries for which country-level data are not available. The report also includes information on waste management costs, revenues and tariffs; special wastes; regulations; public communication; administrative and operational models and the informal sector.


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