The world has a gargantuan waste problem. Two billion tons of municipal solid waste is generated globally per year, according to the World Bank — equivalent to the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza, in trash, every single day.
As urban populations continue to grow, some cities are struggling to cope. Many are turning to new technologies for cost-effective solutions to clean up waste.
The global waste management market is booming as a result, expected to reach $530 billion by 2025 from $331 billion in 2017, according to a report by Allied Market Research.
Cities that address waste problems immediately have the best chance to avoid severe long-term consequences, says Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez, solid waste director for C40 Cities, a global network of cities committed to tackling climate change.
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