PORT OF SPAIN –– Trinidad and Tobago generates the most trash per capita in the world, according to World Bank data.
Worldatlas yesterday published an article entitled Countries Generating The Most Trash Per Capita which provided a top ten list using the World Bank data.
Sadly, Trinidad and Tobago came out in first place.
According to Worldatlas “a lack of recycling facilities” had contributed to Trinidad and Tobago’s “dire waste management issues”.
Trinidadians were also slammed for their “pervasiveness of littering”.
Trinidad and Tobago is said to produce 14.4 kilogrammes per capita per day of municipal solid waste (MSW).
The amount of MSW produced by Trinidad and Tobago is 150 per cent more than second-placed Kuwait. Kuwait is said to produce 5.72 kilogrammes per capita per day of MSW.
The worldwide average for MSW production is 1.2 kilogrammes.
The World Bank defines municipal solid waste as including “non-hazardous waste generated in households, commercial and business establishments, institutions, and non-hazardous industrial process wastes, agricultural wastes and sewage sludge”.
Worldatlas yesterday published a profile on Trinidad and Tobago which stated: “The islands of Trinidad and Tobago are situated just north of South America, and encompass a total area of 1,980 square miles. The country is composed of nine regions and one ward, with over a million people calling the nation their home. The landscape of Trinidad and Tobago is made up of forests, coastal regions, savannahs, and freshwater rivers, as well as numerous man-made attractions.
“A lack of recycling facilities has contributed to the country’s dire waste management issues. One of the most pressing environmental concerns on the islands is the pervasiveness of littering, which has caused rises in mosquito reproduction, as well as problems with rain water drainage. These in turn have contributed to conditions which have allowed for widespread flooding. Discarded plastic, which is especially harmful to a variety of sea life, including gulls, turtles, and fish, is also a major problem in the waters surrounding Trinidad and Tobago”.
Worldatlas stated that island nations seemed to have a “proclivity towards generating trash”.
“Despite pushes for recycling and responsible resource use globally, waste generated from human activities is still a major problem virtually everywhere,” the article stated.
Apart from Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, St Lucia, Barbados, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Antigua made the top ten list.