Global Waste Impact

The amount of municipal solid waste is one of the most important by-products of our urban lifestyle.

Growing at a faster pace than the rate of urbanisation, the world’s cities currently generate around 1.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste per year; nearly half of which coming from OECD countries. This is equivalent to around 1.2kg per person, per day. The total volume of global waste is also predicted to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025, or 1.4kg per person, demonstrating the major impact waste and rubbish disposal has within today’s society. Further, it is estimated that China’s urbanites will throw away an enormous 1.4 billion tonnes in 2025; up from 520 million tonnes today, while America’s rubbish pile will surge from 620 million tonnes to 700 million tonnes.

Waste Management requires a major rethink

Waste is defined as ‘any substance or object, which the holder discards or is required to discard’. The UK alone generates 30 million tonnes of waste per year; which incurs costs of up to 6 billion GBP, per annum. It is estimated that the UK waste infrastructure has a current under capacity of 17m tonnes per annum, which will cost 14 billion GBP.

Heru recognises the scale of importance in recovering value from the waste that we produce on a daily basis and diverting this into more efficient working facilities. As the materials that are used by the household are utilised to generate energy, the waste never truly becomes waste.