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Among global megacities, Mexico City generates the most trash after the New York region
2016/11/21 10:03
the regions have similar population sizes of just over 20 million and 21 million people respectively, but GDP per capita is three times higher in the US.
2016/11/21 10:03
In 2011, Mexico City closed its largest dump, causing trash to pile up at illegal dumping sites and be left out on the street,
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The third biggest waste producer among megacities is Tokyo
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Japan is very densely populated, and so it lacks the space that the US and China have to throw their garbage in landfills. Instead, they have adopted hyper-aggressive recycling programmes to cut down on waste. Tokyo, which strives to be a zero-waste city, is no exception.
2016/11/21 10:05
how can Tokyo be rated the third most wasteful city? This is the tricky thing about measuring wastefulness
2016/11/21 10:05
as income rises, people just cycle through more consumption patterns in general
2016/11/21 10:05
Mumbai produces 11,000 tonnes of trash per day, Cairo feeds garbage to pigs and China’s waste is growing twice as fast as its population
2016/11/21 10:06
Chinese cities don’t recycle, meaning that their waste output could be cut in half, as it has been in neighbouring Taiwan.
2016/11/21 10:07
Mumbai produces the fifth most waste of any megacity, and last year Bloomberg reported it was “being buried under a mountain of its own trash”. The city of over 18 million people produces 11,000 metric tonnes of trash per day
2016/11/21 10:09
. Jakarta, for example, is one of the world’s fastest growing cities and many of its residents are in the habit of dumping their household items in the nearest waterway
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The US is the world’s biggest producer of trash in absolute terms, generating 624,700 metric tonnes per day, which is 2.58kg/capita. That’s considerably more than many other rich countries
2016/11/21 10:17
US’s 25 largest cities are Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Tampa and Indianapolis, in that order.
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