UNEP: Waste Management
The world generates 2.01 billion tons of waste each year, roughly a third of which is not disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. This number is expected to increase significantly in the next few years because of increasing populations and widespread industrialization. Worldwide, waste management and disposal methods vary widely, ranging in effectiveness. Improper management of waste causes water, soil and air contamination. Poorly designed landfills cause water contamination and allow toxic chemicals to leach into the soil, posing a threat to human health and disrupting communities. Industrial and electronic waste is especially dangerous because it is difficult to safely dispose of, and it is experiencing alarmingly large increases in volume. So, how do we deal with all this trash? This committee will discuss global solutions that address safe treatment and disposal of waste to minimize its devastating environmental impact.