Million Tons of Trash Each

"The real [garbage] problem is . . . [in] Asia. China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan have a combined population of about 2.78 billion and discard over 1.5 million tons per day."—N.C. Vasuki, a former CEO of Delaware Solid Waste Authority.

N.C. Vasuki, "The Real World of Garbage," MSWManagement, September-October 2004.

On the other hand, there are a few signs of hope for reducing the waste stream and addressing waste problems. For example, no one could have predicted the rise of recycling and yard waste composting over the last few decades, and more intensive recycling and waste strategies are already leading the way to keeping even greater volumes of trash out of landfills. And thanks to environmental advocacy by scientists, interest groups, and some

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