Trinidad and Tobago generates the most trash per capita in the world

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Joel Julien (Trinidad Express) writes that, according to a report by Worldatlas—“Countries Generating The Most Trash Per Capita”—Trinidad and Tobago generates the most trash per capita in the world. Besides Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Barbados, Guyana, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua were among the top ten. Here are excerpts:

[. . .] Sadly, Trinidad and Tobago came out in first place. According to Worldatlas “a lack of recycling facilities” contributed to Trinidad and Topbago’s “dire waste management issues”. We were also slammed for our “pervasiveness of littering”.

Trinidad and Tobago is said to produce 14.4 kilograms per capita per day of municipal solid waste (MSW). The amount of MSW produced by Trinidad and Tobago is 150 per cent more than second place Kuwait. Kuwait is said to produce 5.72 kilograms per capita per day of MSW. The worldwide average for MSW production is 1.2kg.

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”.

Worldatlas yesterday published a profile on Trinidad and Tobago which stated:

“The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are 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”.

Worldatlas stated that island nations seem to have a “proclivity towards generating trash”.

“Despite pushes for recycling and responsible resource use globally, waste generated from human activities is still a major problem virtually everywhere,” the article stated. [. . .]

For original article, see http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20160309/news/tt-has-a-trash-problem

4 thoughts on “Trinidad and Tobago generates the most trash per capita in the world

  1. What else is new?

    Leon On 11 Mar 2016 02:36, “Repeating Islands” wrote:

    > ivetteromero posted: ” Joel Julien (Trinidad Express) writes that, > according to a report by Worldatlas—“Countries Generating The Most Trash > Per Capita”—Trinidad and Tobago generates the most trash per capita in the > world. Besides Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, St. Lucia, B” >

  2. TRINIDAD & TOBADO’S WASTE GENERATION PER CAPITA
    Friday 11th March 2016- Carribean News Media Group
    The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) wishes to clarify information circulating in the media about this country’s waste generation.
    We were first made aware of the error following a documentary, “The Big Picture with Kal Penn” that aired on National Geographic’s cable channel in April 2015, one that cast a cruel spotlight on Trinidad & Tobago as the world’s largest daily producer of waste. SWMCOL realized immediately that someone somewhere had got their facts very wrong. As manager of Trinidad’s three (3) landfills we would need several more landfills to cope with waste of that magnitude.
    Our investigation led us to the organization that supplied the waste generation data to the World Bank – PAHO/WHO. The World Bank’s 2012 publication: “What a Waste – A Global Review of Solid Waste Management” claims to have sourced their data from PAHO’s 2005 Report on the Regional Evaluation of Municipal Solid Waste Management Services in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Although PAHO’s 2005 report is accurate, the World Bank made an inadvertent miscalculation when they divided Trinidad & Tobago’s total daily waste of 2082 metric tonnes (2,082,000 kgs) by a total urban population of 144,645 rather than by the country’s total population of 1.4M. The more realistic and accurate figure is 1.5kgs (3.2 lbs) per person per day (see attached disclaimer).
    Our findings were reported to PAHO/WHO Trinidad & Tobago who confirmed that the World Bank’s data is wrong and have been actively pursuing a correction on behalf of this country.
    While we dislike the negative publicity brought about by these erroneous reports, particularly as it affects the image of our country, the concern that has been awakened by hundreds of individuals regarding the current state of waste management is certainly a positive outcome. SWMCOL will continue its public education efforts and work with local government to develop improved waste collection strategies, and continue to urge every citizen to be more proactive at reducing, reusing and/or recycling their waste.

    – The Trinidad & Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL)

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