Whether the people of the world will be able to reduce the amount of plastics and other trash they produce or solve the problems of hazardous and toxic wastes is an open question. First, the future size of the world's waste stream will depend on a number of factors. Rising populations in some parts of the world suggest that the global trash problem will only increase unless solutions are found in time. One recent study, for example, predicted that America's growing population may generate 300 million tons (272 million metric tons) of trash by 2030. The amount of garbage produced also varies with the state of the economy; if times are good, people will buy more goods and produce more garbage. For example, many experts predict that population growth combined with rapid economic development in places such as China and India will create billions of new consumers and greatly add to the problem of worldwide waste.
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