US Generates More Waste and Recycles Less Than Other Developed Nations

The United States creates significantly more waste and recycles much less of it compared to other developed countries, according to a new report from the international risk consulting firm Verisk Maplecroft. The world is bracing itself for a primarily plastic-driven waste catastrophe as developing countries such as China refuse to continue to take its refuse, per the analysis. “The US is the only developed nation whose waste generation outstrips its ability to recycle, underscoring a shortage of political will and investment in infrastructure,” according to Verisk Maplecroft.

Written by Nicole Foulke