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T&T ranked world's biggest daily waste producer

Published: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

T&T has been ranked as the highest producer of Municipal Solid Waste per capita by the World Bank.

Municipal Solid Waste includes non-hazardous waste generated in households, commercial and business establishments, institutions, and non-hazardous industrial process wastes, agricultural wastes and sewage sludge.

According to data obtained, this country produces a total of 14.4 kilograms of MSW per capita per day.

The World Bank cited a chronic lack of recycling facilities being major contributor to this country's waste management issues.

Among the issues the organisation observed was pervasiveness of littering, which has caused rises in the local mosquito population, as well as problems with rain water drainage.

Coming hand-in-hand with this pressing environmental concern is the trash situation’s adverse influence on conditions conducive to widespread flooding. 

Discarded plastic is also a major problem in the waters surrounding the country.

Other Caribbean countries listed as the worst countries in MSW generation include: Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Barbados and St Lucia.

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