The U.S. is one of the top offenders when it comes to its creation and management of solid waste, according to an alarming new study examining global trash management.
A report by global risk group Verisk Maplecroft released last month found that the U.S. produces 12% of global municipal solid waste ? or three times the global average ? despite it representing just 4% of the world's population.
That equates to 239 million tons or 234 pounds of waste per person per year. If that wasn't bad enough, the U.S. recycles just 35% of it.
"Given the US is the world's largest economy it may not be surprising that it is one of the largest producers of household waste, but what is significant is its lack of commitment to offsetting its waste footprint" the report states.
The report's figures are slightly better than the numbers last reported by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2018, which estimated that the country generated 262.4 million tons of waste and recycled 25.5% of it in 2015.
The U.S., of course, isn't alone in having a poor track record.