By the year 2025, the world population will grow by an estimated 867 million.
According to a recent study by the Worldwatch Institute, human kind produces 1.3 billion tonnes of household waste per year.
With a world population of 6.89 billion this corresponds to an average of 186kg waste per capita. Taking into account population trends, the amount of waste generated per person in 2025 will total to 331 kg and thus almost double.
The distribution of waste generation differs widely around the world. In industrialized countries, especially in the United States and Canada, the largest per capita share is produced. Despite the political and technical measures, it is expected that this high level of waste production will only decrease marginally.
The above-mentioned study by the Worlwatch Institute concludes that as a resultof the world’s population growth, increasing prosperity and urbanization the amount of annual municipal waste, which currently equals approximately 1.3 billion tons per year will roughly double to 2.6 billion tons per year.
The graph on the left indicates that the current disposal rate of nearly 60% will relatively decrease; simultaneously, the recovery rate will slightly grow. The percentage of waste generated from SynGas will increase from the current 20% to 40%.