How is the world dealing with the waste disposal epidemic? | Inside Story

Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 15, 2019

It’s become a problem of global proportions. According to the World Bank, around two-billion tonnes of waste is produced every year, and world leaders are struggling to figure out what to do with it all.

Should it be buried, recycled or shipped off to another country?
It’s a issue they are grappling with right now in East Delhi, India. They are fighting to contain a 65-metre high mountain of rubbish that gets larger every year.
Similar scenarios are repeated globally.
One of the problems is that recycling is now an estimated two-hundred-billion dollar industry, a huge incentive to limit what’s done to change directions in the waste business.

So what are the answers?

Nastasya Tay


Arunabha Ghosh — CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water

Sharon George — Lecturer at Keele University, Specialises in Green Technology

Qi Ye — Director of the Institute of Public Policy, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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