Currently, there is about 2.01 billion metric tons of municipal Solid Waste (MSW), produced annually across the globe, and if going by the recent estimation by the World Bank; the overall global waste generation is expected to increase by 70%, approximately 3.40 billion metric tons by 2050.
Do you also know that only 5.5% of today’s waste is composted while an estimated 13.5% is recycled? thanks to recycling companies who have prioritized greener environments among other goals. Nigerian Companies such as Dino Armaturen und Anlagen GnbH, QED Environmental System Ltd., Inciner8 Ltd., Tana Oy, Ospray Ecoconsult Nigeria have played a key role in the regulation and management of waste in this part of the world.
While waste are basically an end-product or perhaps, non-consumable part of a product; some big corporate companies contribute majorly to this course. Below is a chart indicates the top 10 Corporate Plastic Polluters according to Global Brand Audit (GBA).
As seen in the chart above, some of the major contributors to the Global Waste Index include soft drink and beverage manufacturers like Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestle, and Unilever among others.
As in this case, soft drink manufacturer, Coca-Cola leads the bandwagon as it accounts for approximately 11,732 pieces of plastics across 37 countries; followed by Unilever, and PEPSICO who both accounts for 4,846 across 31 countries, and 3,362 across 28 countries respectively.
Unilever followed closely as it accounts for about 3,328 plastic waste across 21 countries, while Mondelez, MARS, Procter&Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, Philip Morris International, and Perfetti added a significant number to the Global waste Index- 1,083; 543; 1,160; 642; 2,239; 1,090 respectively.
It is also worthy of note that Coca-Cola is responsible for the most plastic wastes in two continents including Nigeria, and is consistently top 3 in both regional and global categories.
How to better Manage Plastic Waste
With so much awareness about the green environment, there is a need for not just the Government but also the citizen of every country to adopt sustainable measures towards the management of waste, specifically plastic wastes.
- Replacement of non-degradable materials with degradable ones
- Reduce the usage of plastic
- Production companies should make use of recyclable/reusable produce bag
- Purchase food, like cereal, pasta, and rice from bulk bins and fill a reusable or container.
- Sensitize people on the need to manage plastic waste
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