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Lebanon Has 78th Highest Level of Municipal Waste Generation per Capita

Lebanon currently produces 3,836 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day and accounts for 2.3% of (MSW) generation in the Arab world and for 0.1% of global 

(MSW) production, the World Bank states.

While many NGOs and actions all over Lebanon, expressed their support  for a sustainable waste management law, based  on the Zero Waste principle, the country still suffers a severe waste trouble.

 

The World Bank ranked Lebanon in 78th place among 161 countries around the world in terms of (MSW) generation per capita per day, as reported by Byblos Bank weekly newsletter.

Lebanon ranked in ninth place among 15 Arab countries and in 19th place among 35 Upper Middle Income Countries (UMICs) included in the survey.

 

The World Bank projected Lebanon to produce 1.7 kg of MSW per capita per day in 2025. Lebanon would rank in 63rd place worldwide and would tie with 10 countries that include Japan and Slovenia. Also, Lebanon would rank in 15th place among UMICs in terms of MSW generation per capita and in fifth place among Arab countries in 2025.

 

Lebanon ranks in 77th place globally, in 15th place among UMICs, and in 11th place among Arab countries in the volume of MSW generation.

The World Bank forecast total MSW generation in Lebanon at 7,268 tons per day in 2025, which would rank the country in 83rd place globally, ahead of Mozambique and Costa Rica and behind Nepal and Senegal.

 

 

Lebanon is projected to rank in 14th place among UMICs and in 11th place among Arab countries. Further, Lebanon is expected to account for 2.1% of Arab MSW generation in 2025. The United States currently accounts for 17.7% of MSW generation globally, followed by China (14.7%), Brazil (4.2%), Japan (4.1%) and Germany (3.6%).

 

Demands for the adoption of the Zero Waste principle i in Lebanon have recently on the rise. The idea considers waste as a valuable material that can be reused or recycled into new products and would be beneficial for the economy and communities.

 

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