Waste is a global issue linked to the way society produces and consumes. The amount of global waste generated is growing every year as populations rise, migration to cities continues, and economies develop. If managed improperly, waste can spread disease, drive climate change, pollute groundwater, reduce biodiversity, damage economies and increase the risk of flooding, impacting the health and livelihood of humans. The uncontrolled burning of waste creates persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that damage human health and the environment. Managing waste in an environmentally sound manner can bring immense health, environmental and economic benefits.
2017 UNEA, ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TECHNOLOGY AND WASTE, UNEA-2 FACT SHEET