Trash management systems have barely changed since the 1970s.
The News Lens
By: Nate Maynard
Garbage slowly piles up inside a public trash can. With each passing deposit the mountain grows larger and larger, until it tips over spilling onto the street.
You aren’t sure what to do with your banana peel so just lightly place it on top of the pile before moving on. This accumulated mountain of waste is a challenge facing cities all over the world.
By 2025, cities will produce an estimated 2.2 billion tons of solid waste per year, equivalent to 440 million decent-sized African elephants, up from 1.3 billion tons in 2012, according to The World Bank.
Despite continuously increasing quantities, waste management has barely changed since the 1970s and the introduction of modern recycling. [FULL STORY]