percent of waste each continent produces



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    The United States is currently the leading producer of waste going to landfills in the world. The average American produces 1,609 pounds of waste each year. Although Americans compose only 5% of the world’s population, they produce roughly 40% of the world’s waste. Americans recycle about 28% of their waste. Austria, in contrast, recycles 60% of it’s waste, and Greece only 10%. According to a OECD Environmental Data Compendium finding, the countries rank in order of most waste produced by country by year as follows:

    1. United States

    2. Australia

    3. Denmark

    4. Switzerland

    5. Canada

    6. Norway

    7. Netherlands

    8. Austria, United Kingdom, and Ireland

    9. Belgium

    10. Germany

    The list goes on, but the pattern shows that industrialized nations produce more waste than others. 

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